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FLAX COMMISSIONERS (Seymour A.P., Edwards N., Graham C.C. et al.) 1870. Report of the Flax Commissioners on the means employed in the preparation of New Zealand flax. Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives D - 14: 1-58
AUTHOR: FLAX COMMISSIONERS (Seymour A.P., Edwards N., Graham C.C. et al.)
PUBLICATION DATE: 1870
TITLE: Report of the Flax Commissioners on the means employed in the preparation of New Zealand flax
PUBLISHER: Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives.
NOTES: Commissioners appointed by New Zealand Government visited most regions to gather material on the state of the flax industry. Produced a comprehensive report on flax types, cultivation, harvesting, preparation techniques and manufacturing processes. Includes names of traditional Māori varieties and uses. An important primary reference.

Report has sections on
I. Growth and culture of Phormium (including, pp 8-9, notes on varieties growing in different regions)
II. Manufacturing processes, leaf preparation.
III. Machinery used.

Appendices cover:
i. List of questions used in investigation by Commissioners.
II. Hector and Skey's report on experiments performed in 1863-1864: New Zealand Flax considered as a fibrous material
III. Classification of Phormium tenax (Selwyn) - varieties scraped with fingernail, shell, and coarser kinds.
IV. Lindsay's report: On the obstacles to the utilization of New Zealand Flax.
V. Correspondence, Field to Hall on his flax fibre experiments and observations.
VI. Correspondence, Florance to Potts, on gum solvents.
VII. Nottidge' report: On the structure and colour of the fibre of Phormium tenax.
VIII. Hutton report: On the structure of the leaf of Phormium tenax
IX. Correspondence, Bust to The Press, on flax processing, quality, industry prospects in South Island.
X. Report: Preparation of New Zealand Flax, written for the Press
XI. Paper: Williams, Flax and its uses
XII. McKay, Lecture on NZ flax, Nelson 1869
XIII -XVII Correspondence, relative stength of ropes
XVIII Flax machinery
XIX. Report by Hector on samples of prepared fibre submitted to him for examination.
RECORD NUMBER: 3534