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A Yanke Lumberman Berry's Bay

Date: c 1920
Dimensions:
Display dimensions: 340 x 430 mm
Medium: Watercolour on paper, wood, cloth, ink, metal
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Art
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00042376

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    Description
    This watercolour depicts an American four-masted schooner unloading lumber onto a barge at Berry's Bay, Sydney. It is likely that the lumber would have been deposited at the Eaton timber yard.
    SignificanceThis painting illustrates the trans-Pacific export of lumber from America to Australia from the mid 19th to mid 20th centuries.
    HistoryFrom the 1850's onward there was an active timber trade between the northwest coast of the United States and New South Wales. Hardwoods such as eucalypt and turpentine were exported to California and softwoods such as cedar and oregon were imported.

    By 1881 John Eaton had established a timber yard and sawmill in Berrys Bay. The operation would take timber off incoming vessel by off loading it onto flat-topped barges and landing it on the wharves along the waterfront. The Eaton yard was probably the last harbourside timber company to accept floating timber imports.
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    Assigned title: A Yanke Lumberman Berry's Bay

    Web title: A Yanke Lumberman Berry's Bay

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