Alexandra Times at KellyGang 26/8/1876

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Bass is the diverging point to Brazier, Monk, and Sawer’s saw mill. The tramway is a good piece of work, in length four miles. They have a contact on hand for sleepers, which from the rapidity of the cutting and sawing process must be paying well. The mill and works are of a substantial description, but I cannot say that the timber is three miles from this place, and commonly called Stewart’s, but belongs to Cramp and Grant. They have ? ? going generally night and day. The huts and buildings are of the most durable kind, and their tramway, which runs to Queensberry, is about six miles in length and very well constructed. This firm has orders for months in advance, and has been cutting today for New Zealand and Gippsland. I do not think a better quality of timber could be got in the Australian colonies.

The men at its mill are paid punctually at the rate of 7s per day, and seems to be a very superior class, contented, comfortable, and speaking well of their employees. ? the tramway round a place called “The Gums,” you touch what is called Lee’s tramway, and running this down you come to Lee’s mill, which belongs to Quiest’s, of Mount Macedon mill owning notoriety. No work has been carried on at this mill during the last twelve months, for what reason I do not know, as the timber is of excellent quality ? the proprietor had that patent for turning out ? which is used principally for tallow, ? and butter ? ? the superior workman ?  ? for furniture, &c, should have entitled him to a handsome remuneration. But the old ? on this world came to pass hers.

Without money brains count for nothing, and the old shrewd Scotch proverb, ‘A had ruined man in money matters is worse off than ? whole one is not ? wrong. This timber country forms part of the Strzelecki Range, and of course the coal deposits run from the Knowursp Swamp through Buin Buin, Mornington, and South Gippsland, but more of this area. It is a strange thing, now that the Mount Macedon ?’s nearly ? that ? is closed to private enterprises that superb timber for a distance of 20 miles, within easy distance of shipping, and with good ground to make tramways on should be monopolised by two mills. It seems to prove my first letter – it is not known that such an outlet for capital exists, indeed very little was understood about timber until later by any person here.

I was requested by an employer in the trade to have a look a little further down the range commonly called the Blue Mountain, and I was well repaid for my trouble, for a finer site for saw-mills is not to be found in the colony. On my return I went by the tramway (Stewart and Lee’s) to Queensferry, where it terminates. Shipbuilding is carried on here to the satisfaction of the owners and four vessels were lying alongside. Since leaving Cranbourne, the land of timber and resources are ? and Queensferry is one of the best settlements in Westernport.

Queensferry can boast of ? JP, the only one on the mainland. The term of JP is often construed into Jack Pudding. Not education or the manners of a gentleman entitles him to that proud position, but the question is simple, are you a supporter of the member of Parliament, and does he support the party in power? – fulfilling Scriptures, as old Ireland said when O’Shannassy made that batch of magistrates who before they went on the ? ? to get their ? on, as very few could sign – “I went out into the highly ? ? by ? and called them all in to partake of the good things provided. I have had a world-wide experience and have mingled amongst many not only JP’s, but aspirants for that honor, and I own ? anything not two out of ten dubbed JP is fit to sit on the bench and ? ? ? case.


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