Our History

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Rod Andersen Constructions has a rich heritage in the building and timber industries dating back to the mid 1800’s.

Lars Andersen, a Danish designer and builder, learned his trade from his father and subsequently emigrated to Australia in 1880. He established the largest sawmilling and timber enterprise in the Brisbane Valley employing up to 500 people including scrub workers, timber cutters, horse and bullock teamsters, saddlers, mill workers, clerical staff, together with 60 joinery workers.

The 10 mills he owned and operated were located in Esk, Redbank Creek, Toogoolawah, Cressbrook Creek, Deongwah, Happy Valley, Beam creek, Blackbutt, Wengenville and Reedy Creek. He ran an integrated operation, sourcing the timber from his own land and crown leases. His highly organised transport systems included the use of horses, steam traction engines, tramlines and flying foxes meant that the whole exercise was controlled from start to finish. Another mill at Somerset Dam supplied timber for over 150 houses and buildings for the township as well as timber scaffolding for the dam wall.

He was a prolific builder and many homes and churches remain in the region today. Three of his sons and two grandsons were involved with the enterprise until the last mill in Esk was sold in 1971.

Rod Andersen Constructions has continued the tradition as a leading design and construction enterprise in its own right and has a proven record in delivering high quality projects on time and on budget across a wide range of project types and sizes. This is evident in the amount of projects completed for repeat clients as well as work won by referral or word of mouth. For further details about specific projects, please visit the Projects section of this website.