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Thursday, 24 November 1927

Forestry Department,

Hobart, 21st October, 1927

Messrs. Chesterman & Co. Pty. Ltd.,


Dear Sirs,

Imported Timbers

Herewith please find copy of my reply to the

Honorable Minister for Forestry re Imported

Timbers, foryour information. Yours, faithfully,

T.   Stubbs, for Conservator of Forests.


Memorandum from Conservator of Forests to the Hon. the Minister for Forestry.

Imported Timbers

My attention has been called to the fact that the Public Works Department, acting on behalf of the Commonwealth Defence Department, is requiring timber for lining huts, &c, at Fort Nelson. Further, that the specification for same states - " The whole of the walls and roofs of the abovenamed huts, at present unlined, are to be lined with half-inch T. and G. pine lining."

I understand that imported timber is receiving preference over Tasmanian hardwood for this work.

I would recommend that the attention of the Honorable the Premier he called to this matter, and that the necessary steps be taken to inquire into same, as I am of the opinion that it is high time that drastic action was taken to insist upon the use of our magnificent hardwood timbers for such purposes as lining, flooring, &c.

In my opinion, there is no justification whatever for preference to foreign timbers in this manner.

Minister for Lands & Works. Office,

Hobart, 25th October, 1927

Conservator of Forests

Imported Timbers

I have perused your memorandum of the 21st inst. regarding this subject.

Some time ago, I gave instructions for an inquiry to be made into this matter, and until I am in receipt of the report, I propose to defer consideration of same. (Sgd.) j. Belton.

Minister controlling Forestry.

Conservator of Forests,

Forestry Dept., Hobart. 1st November, 1927

Imported Timbers

Dear Sir,

We have your memorandum of 31st ult., and have to thank you for the copy of the Minister's communication as enclosed therein.

This letter seems to suggest the timehonoured procedure of pigeon-holing the matter. As it refers to something which happened some time ago, reference is presumably made to a similar occurrence which occurred prior to this.

We take it your department will follow the matter up. It is certainly farcical for a government to spend large amounts of money sending round a commission to inquire into means of assisting an industry - also suggesting how the business people occupied in such should conduct their business - and at the same time stipulating that foreign timber should be used in connexion with their own work. - Weare,yours faithfully;

Chesterman & Co. Pty. Ltd

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