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> Brownlee City Sawmills In Port Dundas, Memories?
post 17th Aug 2016, 10:36am
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Does anyone recall Brownlees in Craighall Road just past the Mosshouse coming from Saracen Street. My first ever job was there in 1968 and it was a pleasant summer and wandering around the yard there was such a great smell of newly cut wood. The main office was an imposing reddish building on the left and there were some newer offices across the road and crossing that busy road was hazardous. Lots of good people worked there in my time, many names forgotten, but there was Davy Campbell, Phil Brown and Donald McKillop who all worked in the office and there were loads of people in the yard and the order office. There were several of us who were taken on as apprentices - but no one actually ever told us what we were apprentices for. (I remember the expression timber technology was bandied around a lot.) One of the above named people appeared in court as a witness and he was asked what his job was and he said he was an apprentice and the advocate asked him 'an apprentice what?' - and he looked blankly and said 'I don't know - just an apprentice'.

To this day when I smell new cut wood or hear 'Yummy Yummy Yummy' which had just moved up to #35 on the charts that week - I think of Brownlees.
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post 17th Aug 2016, 11:05am
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Yes I remember the sawmill, there was a wee gentleman from Possil (Sunnylaw St) his second name was Connor and I believe his first name was Pat ?

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