John Mackintosh - A proud Australian Story
John Mackintosh began his life in a bark hut before moving to Colo Heights, north of Sydney, at the age of 7 with his parents and nine siblings in 1933.
As a youngster, he burnt timber for charcoal to supplement the family reserves, and later for Jim Buckett. Making charcoal was an all night process and John had the knack of producing a high-quality product.
In his 20s, John owned one of the three service stations at Colo Heights. Later, he incorporated earthmoving into the business and began contracting to cut, snig and cart timber for Jim Buckett.
In 1971, John settled his wife, Emily, 6 boys and a girl at the mill, allowing him to take on more of the mill’s operations. Four more boys were later born into the clan.
During this time, Mackintosh Timber Mill came into being when John and some of his brothers began logging and milling timber. John would work at Culoul Mill for half the week, and then spend the rest working the family mill.
On buying out Jim Buckett in 1985, the Mackintosh Timber Mill name was laid to rest and the two mills were combined under Culoul Sawmills.
Mr John Mackintosh passed away in January 2018.