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Picnicking at Seed Brothers sawmill, Otaki Forks, Tararua Range, Wellington, [ca 1910]

Reference Number: PAColl-1125-4-002

Group picnicking at Seed Brothers sawmill at Otaki Forks, Tararua Range, Wellington. Shows two men, a woman, and two children, sitting by logs, with a steam log hauler in the background. Photograph taken circa 1910, by an unidentified photographer.

Key terms:
1 image, related to William Seed, Jessie Seed, Frederick Edward Seed, Arthur James Seed, Charlotte Edith Seed, Seed Brothers (Firm), Otaki Forks and Picnicking.

Part of:
Photographs relating to the Seed family, Reference Number PAColl-1125-4 (2 digitised items)
Ward, Hugh :Albums, negatives and photographs relating to the Seed family, Reference Number PAColl-1125 (10 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original photographic print(s)Silver gelatin print 12 x 16.4 cm. Horizontal imageSingle photograph

Historical Notes: The woman in the photograph is Charlotte (nee Allen) Seed, and her two children, William (born 1898) and Jessie (born 1897). The men may be her husband Frederick Seed and uncle Arthur Seed. Frederick and Arthur set up Seed Brothers Ltd to saw wood in Mangaroa Valley and built a tramway beside Colley's Creek in about 1905. This mill ceased operation when Arthur Seed was appointed mill manager of Maymorn Timber Co. This was established by an English company just before the First World War. It went into recievership just after the beginning of the war, after which it became an army training camp. Arthur Seed continued to work on site during this time with his family living close by.

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Inscriptions: Inscribed - Verso - Otaki Forks. Seed Bros Sawmill

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