Tallow-Wood Logs, waiting to be brought from the forest to the wharf on Wooden Train-Rails, Manning River, New South Wales 1895

Excerpt from an article titled Timbers of the Colony by J. H. Maiden, F.L.S., Superintendent of Technical Education, &c.  – published in “New South Wales: the mother colony of the Australias” (1896)

The tallow-wood (E. microcorys, F.v.M.), which does not extend south of the Hawkesbury River, is a picturesque tree.  The timber is so valuable (it is easily worked, is of good appearance, shrinks little, and is very durable), that the opinion is generally held by experts that, next to ironbark, it is our most valuable hardwood.  When freshly sawn it is of a canary-yellow (rarely reddish) colour, but its most remarkable property is its greasy nature, which is turned to practical account in the laying of ball-room floors.

Provenance: “New South Wales: the mother colony of the Australias“. Frank Hutchinson, Edited by F. Hutchinson.
Author: Frank Hutchinson
Date of Publication: 1896
Publisher: C. Potter
Place of Publishing: Sydney
Copyright status: Out of copyright
Courtesy: The British Library

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