Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Floored by Resemblance; Former Mill Worker Thrilled New Business Will Follow in Similar Footsteps

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Floored by Resemblance; Former Mill Worker Thrilled New Business Will Follow in Similar Footsteps

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Byline: Georja Ryan Georja.ryan@dailyexaminer.com.au

FOR Margaret O'Shea, reading The Daily Examiner's story about the reopening of the South Grafton parquetry mill was like a dose of deja vu.

"The two boys (reopening the mill) are just like the first two boys who took over - they even look the same," she said.

Between 1967-77, Mrs O'Shea was a machinist at the mill and spent time as head girl for a large part of her 10-year stint.

"It was pretty noisy; we had a lot of people working there," she said.

"There were people on the machines that cut the fingers, then they went onto the conveyor belt down to about five girls, who were sorting out the good bits from the bad ones.

"Then they would go into a big hopper and on to other girls, who would make the panels.

"The panels were stuck together with foil on the back and then folded in half and put away ready for selling.

"It's not hard work, but it's continuous and you've got to be pretty cluey about what you're doing because there is a bit of safety involved. …

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