Penciled on back – V Pope Flaxworkers at “Weka” Mill, Shannon, about 1914. Back Row (left to right): Norman Gill, Harold Buckman, Fred Small, Jack Olsen, Ted Gingell, Jack Moss. Front Row (left to right): Lionel Buckman Gus Bourke (Burke ?) Vern Pope Lindsay Randall
Written on back with blue ballpoint pen – Vic Tippler
Flax workers at ‘Weka Mill’, Shannon, c.1914 1 B&W photo print, mounted
Standing in front of green flax processing building (stripping shed). Back Row (L – R): Norman Gill, Harold Buckman, Fred Small, Jack Olsen, Ted Gingell, Jack Moss. Front Row (L – R): Lionel Buckman, Gus Bourke, Vern Pope, Lindsay Randall.
Used in booklet – “Miranui – The story of New Zealand’s largest flax mill”, page 24, with caption - (35) Above: A group of flaxies posing by the two-stripper “Weka” mill at “Miranui”. Some of the descendants of these men still live in the Shannon area. The men are, left back, Messrs Norman Gill; Harold Buckman; Fred Small, Jack Olsen; Ted Gingle; Jack Moss. Front: Lional Buckman; Gus Burke, Vern Pope; Lyndsay Randell. Photo: V. Tippler.
Information on page 102 of book – “From Bush & Swamp” : Weka 1911-1922 Two Strippers This mill was situated 400 yards north of Miranui, on property owned by A. and L. Seifert’s Flaxdressing Mill limited … It was close enough to Miranui to be served by the same tramline.
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