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Timber, Veneer and Plywood 1901 - 1969
After the Great War The Great War (World War I) ended on 11th November 1918. Finally it was safe to travel the seas by ship so in January 1919 Mac went to America. [3] Always keen to stay abreast of the latest trends in sawmilling and improving production, he visited timber mills near San Francisco. Arriving back in Brisbane with fresh ideas for expansion, he immediately increased his supply of logs again. He called for tenders to cut and haul a total of 1,200,000 feet of pine from two properties near Canungra and Beaudesert.
Over Kingfisher Creek to Coorparoo A month later Mac purchased more land in Woolloongabba. In John Street, on the northern side of Annie Street, he acquired seven adjoining blocks. Here he established Deshon Wood Veneer. Over the creek in Coorparoo, he bought 21 acres, bounded on one side by Kingfisher Creek with the main railway line on the other side. This became Coorparoo Plywood in December 1920. Located between Coorparoo and Buranda railway stations, Mac could bring in cut logs from his timber properties south of Brisbane straight to his mill door.  Well…almost. The mills were separated by Kingfisher Creek (later merged into Norman Creek) and only a small foot bridge joined the Woolloongabba and Coorparoo properties. It certainly wasn’t large enough to transport timber and supplies between the yards. So Mac drew up plans to erect a bridge from a block of land he owned at the end of Cross Street, across the creek, to his Coorparoo acreage. His submission was approved by both the Coorparoo Shire Council and the Harbours and Rivers Board (now Harbours and Marine). Mac built his bridge. [4]
Shaded areas showing properties owned by Mac in 1920 and the position of the bridge across Kingfisher Creek that he built.
‘The Roaring Twenties’ -1920 to 1929 During this period, the economy began to flourish. Automobiles, electrical appliances and furniture were now affordable to the middle class man. This progress led to a growing demand for manufactured goods, including plywood, as the subsequent demand for raw materials increased. Timber mills were having a difficult job to get enough pine logs. The price had increased by 125 per cent. The Government was the principal individual supplier in Queensland and they took full advantage of that position.  On one occasion when the Forestry Department called for tenders, the land was 135 miles from Brisbane. Fortunately Mac had foreseen this shortage and had bought up land closer to his mills but this was quickly running out of trees. In 1921 his acreage at Josephville, south of Beaudesert, had depleted its supply of timber. Mac found it necessary to advertise for pine logs again.
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