© Copyright 2011  Julianne Dodds Timber, Veneer and Plywood 1901 - 1969 The story of John ‘Mac’ McGinnis Williams the pioneer of the Queensland plywood industry In 1915 Mac Williams designed and constructed the first Australian made lathe to cut rotary veneers in Brisbane.  He established several plywood manufacturing mills and by 1922 owned the largest plywood producing mill in Australia. Through two world wars and a great financial depression Mac made his fortune and attained recognition as one of Australia’s plywood industry pioneers. In 1999, with a few newspaper clippings and a handful of my father’s photos, I began the long task of compiling an accurate history of his plywood and veneer activities. Along the way I have received assistance from many people and organisations including: State Library of Queensland Queensland State Archives Brisbane City Council John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Mareeba Historical Society A very special thanks and acknowledgement to the National Library of Australia and the dedication of their staff for the online digitised newspapers and images on Trove. Through this resource I found many articles that helped me to build my story and fit all the pieces together. To my mother, Marjorie Williams, and all those too numerous to mention who provided information to complete this story, “Thank you.” Apart from any fair dealings for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any process without written permission from the publisher.