Timbers

About Britton Timbers

Britton Timbers is a diversified Australian company with interests in timber harvesting, sawmilling, international timber import and export, and distribution.

The Britton name has been synonymous with quality timber and outstanding customer service for more than 100 years. From humble beginnings in Tasmania's timber-rich north-west coast, Britton Timbers has grown to become Australia's largest importer of sustainably-produced exotic hardwoods and the preferred source for premium Tasmanian timbers.

National and International Timbers

Today's most popular timbers are available through Britton Timber's domestic and international distribution centres. Customers in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, now have access to the finest Australian timbers and veneers, including Tasmanian Oak, Blackwood and Myrtle, for cabinetry, furniture-making and flooring.

Through its partnerships with Northland Forest Products Inc. U.S.A. and U.S.A. Woods International Inc., Britton's is also Australia's foremost importer and distributor of sought-after American hardwoods such as American White Oak, Walnut and Cherry, and the exciting Cambia thermally-modified range. Timbers are available for export to China, Singapore, USA and New Zealand.

For More Than One Hundred Years

The story of one of Tasmania’s largest family owned sawmills began even before the Brittons arrived in Australia, however, in the village of Elmscott, in northern Devon, England. Here 11-year-old Elijah Britton received his first taste of sawdust at the bottom of his father’s saw-pit, while cutting boards for coffins. Elijah’s family emigrated to Victoria six years later, in 1890, trying wheat farming in the hot, dry, apparently less palatable dust of the Mallee district.

In 1907, Elijah’s younger brother, Mark, sought greener pastures in Tasmania. In the off-season, between wheat crops, he took a job labouring for J.S. Lee and Sons’ sawmill at the Mowbray Swamp west of Smithton. The mainstay of Circular Head sawmilling then, as now, was hardwood (Eucalyptus obliqua, or ‘brown top stringybark’, marketed as ‘Tasmanian oak’), used for fencing posts, rails, floors, furniture, in wheelwrighting and almost every facet of the mining industry. However, the Lees were harvesting blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon), a timber suited to more specialised applications.

Continue reading about Britton Timbers' history in the downloadable PDF booklet Celebrating a Century of Britton Timbers - Tasmania's Blackwood Dynasty".

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