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This is a second-hand soft-cover book. Signed by the author on the title page.

Condition: The cover has light wear to the edges in a few small areas. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 175 x 246 mm
Pages: 159
Publisher: Jane Pollard
Publication date: 2004 first edition

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A Mingled Yarn: The Selfert Family and Flaxmilling in New Zealand
By Jane Pollard

Jane Pollard's great-grandfather, Johann Herrmann Seifert, arrived in Christchurch from Germany in 1858 and, a few years later, married another immigrant, Mary Jane Brown. In 1889, in the middle of the `long depression', Seifert turned to flaxmilling when the farm could no longer support his family of ten children. Over the following 40 years his seven sons milled flax throughout New Zealand, from Southland to the Waikato. From that first primitive, water-driven mill at Mt. Thomas, to the sophistication of the electric-powered 7-stripper "Miranui", the Seifert brothers worked over 30 mills and were major contributors to the New Zealand flax industry that, during the peak years, exported over one million pounds worth of fibre.

Using Alfred Seifert's personal letters, diaries, and business correspondence, plus wages books and cutters' tallies from several of his mills, this story traces the flax industry and the men who worked it, through the turbulent years of two depressions and two world wars, and the mingled fortunes of those times.


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