Chasing Mills part three

SAD LOSS: In this historical photograph, Mansfield Mill, on the Kowie River, was already a ruin

Serendipity with Bev Young

ALL we can see now of Mansfield Mill is one lonely corner in brick, sticking up through the bush.

But this mill once played a vital role in the milling of corn for the settlers. It was built circa 1889-1890.

The concept, in general, was a real tragedy. It was over-capitalised, and despite zealous efforts it became unworkable. Then disaster struck. The only suitable barge, The Buffalo, was wrecked in the mouth of the Kowie River, and the Victoria was too small for carting the finished product. Transportation of the flour/meal was almost totally reliant for haulage on the barge, and so the mill was abandoned.

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