Neville Smith opens a small business in central Melbourne; selling perfume, cigarette holders and sporting goods.
NSFP opened its first sawmill at Hoddles Creek near Melbourne.
The company was producing 33,040 cubic metres (14 million super feet) of timber products annually by 1973 with demand consistently outpacing production.
The love with timber begins, Neville starts selling Victorian timber and the company acquired its first of three timber yards in South Melbourne.
It’s three South Melbourne timber yards were overflowing, and the company regularly purchased sawmills’ entire outputs in advance.
NSFP goes international, with a branch of the company beginning to exporttimber to Europe.
The business expands to Tasmania with the purchase of a timber yard in Launceston.
Opened the first Tasmanian mill
the company began exporting timber to Japan, before expanding to Taiwan, Thailand, Korea and New Zealand.
the business shifted their focus to Tasmanian Oak flooring, architraves, mouldings.
NSFP supports worker’s rights during the Timber Workers Strike.
the company continued to expand and started to import timber from South East Asia.
Neville Smith Timber Products (NSTP) was the largest hardwood sawmiller in Victoria and the second largest in Tasmania. The company directly employed over 250 people and had over 200,000 cubic metres of holdings in Victoria alone.
NSFP employs more than 100 staff directly, and double that indirectly, being a strong driver for the Tasmanian and Australian economy.
Being a family, and team focused man, Neville was determined, and retained all of his staff through the Great Depression.
the focus of the business was the sawmilling, seasoning and processing of Victorian and Tasmanian hardwood.
NSFP was Australia’s largest regrowth hardwood producer and the only company to kiln dry (season) and value add its entire hardwood production of Tasmanian Oak.