SAWMILLING began at various locations on the coast around the middle of the 19th century. Small steam- or water-powered mills at ESQUIMALT, VICTORIA, SOOKE, NANAIMO, YALE, NEW WESTMINSTER and PORT DOUGLAS sold most of their lumber to local markets, though small amounts were exported. The first export mill, the ANDERSON MILL, organized by Capt Edward STAMP, began operating at PORT ALBERNI in 1861. It ceased operating in 1865; in 1867 Stamp opened another mill, the HASTINGS MILL, at the site of...

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