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Author
Laugher, John; Cole, Bruce
Title
Newsprint from hardwood fibre - the Boyer Mill story
In
16th Engineering Heritage Australia Conference: Conserving Our Heritage - Make a Difference!
Imprint
Engineers Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 2011, pp. 377-388
ISBN/ISSN
9780858258877
Url
https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=896054882765063;res=IELENG
Abstract

Until 1941 newsprint was made from long fibre softwood and Australia imported all its newsprint from overseas. Tasmania had an abundance of eucalypt hardwood which was considered by experts to be unsuitable for making newsprint because of its hardness and shorter fibres. Twenty years of research and experiments eventually produced a viable process. With the backing of the capital city newspaper owners, construction of Australian Newsprint Mills' pulp and paper mill began at Boyer near Hobart in 1938, and the first newsprint was produced on 22 February 1941, using 75% local hardwood and 25% imported softwood pulp. This production helped avert a shortage of newsprint during World War II. The Mill continued to make newsprint from hardwood for almost 70 years, changing to all softwood in 2009.

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