It was 1985 and Keith Caldwell was living at McCormacks Bay building with his brother Philip. The thought of selling timber rather than buying it apparently entered his head. He had his eye on land which was available at Ferrymead about where Mitre 10 Mega is now situated. However, a section in Dyers Rd also became for sale and noticing the amount of traffic passing this seemed a better proposition. This property had 2 houses on it, one was a not so old bungalow the other smaller and older. Being sandy the section needed a lot of hard fill and an old Bedford truck was bought plus an old tractor with a front-end scoop. While Keith set about building timber racks and organising timber from the West Coast, at the time a lot of red pine was still being used. Philip carted hardfill which consisted of old shingle and broken seal which he obtained for free from road works in McBratneys Rd. They were soon in business! What was now needed was a name and a want for something better. The name Dyers Rd Timber was chosen.
The old established timber supplier Parker and Jones in Churchill St near the Barbados Cemetery closed down and some of their equipment was purchased at the clearing auction.
Pictured – The two original houses.