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stop operations in May 1933. The remaining 50 staff sought Government relief work.

Today there is little evidence of the once flourishing industry. The great swamps have been drained and converted into valuable farmland and most of the flax has disappeared. The last flaxmill in the Manawatu, at Foxton, closed in August 1974, ending an era which began with the first settlers. Most of the Miranui mill

was demolished when the land was taken over for farming. Only the remains of the scutching shed can be seen on the site today serving as a mute reminder of the past. However the name Miranui lives on, as the property which occupies the site has retained the name, which is displayed at the old entrance to the mill for all to see - a reminder of the days of "the big mill."


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