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Main Title: W. H. Blakeley: pioneer saw maker, farmer and trade unionist / Helen L. Blakeley.
Author: Blakeley, Helen L.
Imprint: North Melbourne, Vic. : Arcadia, an imprint of Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2016.
Collation: xii, 209 pages (40 pages of plates) : illustrations (some colour), photos (some colour), portraits (some colour), notes, bibliography, index, paperback ; 24cm.
Subject: Blakeley, W. H. (William Henry), 1839-1921.
W.H Blakeley and Company
Melbourne International Exhibition 1880.
Manufacturers and manufacturing
Farmers and farming
Labour unions
Family histories
Red Hill (Vic.)
Melbourne (Vic.)
From the reeking smoke stacks of industrial Sheffield in the 1850s to the cheek-to-jowl tenements of Little Bourke Street East in the Melbourne of 1866, this book takes you on a pioneering journey across the seas to a saw-mill in the remote wilderness of New Zealand, and from there to a bark hut on a bush Selection in the Colony of Victoria, and then on to Melbourne.

William Henry Blakeley, the unsung, red-headed, trail-blazing hero of this narrative, embraces the Colony, uses his industrial skills to build a business concurrently with that of a Trade Society, and farms at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula.

As the first saw manufacturer in Australia, he expands his firm and his reputation, prospects and invests in gold, supports inventions, and embraces the Great Exhibitions of the 1880s. He survives the 1890s Depression, recovers from a financial catastrophe that would have overwhelmed a lesser person, and secures W.H Blakeley's enterprising contribution to the economic advancement of a new nation.
Result Collection Location Shelf No Status Notes
Non-Fiction Main Library 621.934 BLA Available