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From: "Christine Tregonning" <>
Subject: Re: [nz] the sawyer debate
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2011 17:33:15 +1200
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Just to jump in on the debate. My Great, Great Grandfather was a Sawyer.
His family settled in Nelson when he was fifteen and the family later moved
to Taranaki where they owned their own sawmill. On his intention to marry
in 1860 his occupation is listed as Sawyer however he is recorded as being a
farmer on the actual church marriage certificate.



-----Original Message-----
[mailto:] On Behalf Of gemwood
Sent: Friday, 22 July 2011 5:13 p.m.
Subject: [nz] the sawyer debate

I see no reason why Amanda should not post her question regarding sawers to
the NZ list. My family were involved with the Brownlee Sawmills in
Scotland/New Zealand for well over a century.
Personally, I have never seen any of the mill men referred to as a sawer or
sawyer in the records or publications, and I rather suspect the term
sawer/sawyer was originally used for journeymen carpenters and woodworkers
rather than timber millers.


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