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Keppie's sawmill at Paterson

Keppie's sawmill, run by Peter and Dick Keppie, was a landmark on the bank of Paterson River in Paterson village from about 1890[1] until it was badly damaged by fire in 1911.[2]

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Keppie's sawmill at Paterson about 1909, with the rail bridge under construction behind it (photo: Paterson Historical Society).

In late 1912 the fire-damaged sawmill was purchased by Messrs R Sims & Son, A Ebbeck and C Bridge, with the intention of improving and expanding the plant. We don't know exactly when the sawmill finally shut.[3]

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Keppie's sawmill with bullock teams passing by on 'low road' north (Commercial Road) (photo: Paterson Historical Society).

Notes

1. Janece McDonald and Lawrence Henderson. Timbergetters, Sawmills and Sawmillers: 1800 to 2011 Maitland Region. Janece McDonald, 2011.

2. Maitland Mercury, 7 April 1911, 5.

3. Maitland Mercury, 3 December 1912 (courtesy of Janece McDonald).