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Pricing timber

Thursday 18 April 2013

I have scanned a pair of timber price lists from my col­lec­tion. See the PDFs here. They were produced in the 1930s by timber mer­chants in Queensland and New South Wales. They allow some interesting comparisons.

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One example: The Sydney supplier (Vanderfield & Reid Ltd) offered many timbers imported from overseas​—​Oregon (Douglas Fir), Redwood, Yellow Pine, Sugar Pine and Hemlock from North America; Baltic Pine from Europe; Rimu and White Pine (kauri?) from New Zealand; Pacific Maple from Asia; Pacific Oak from Japan; and Gaboon Mahogany from Africa.

In contrast, almost everything sold by Hancock Brothers was cut in Queensland. The few imports came from America​—​Oregon (up to 60 feet long, while 40 feet was the maximum for Queens­land Pine); and Redwood shingles.

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