Windmills of New Zealand


Oamuru (#nz4)

(-45.1007,170.958)
Hassells Windmill: tower mill : Just a few rows of stone blocks remain of the mill that was demolished in 1909

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Oturehua, Otago (#nz2)

(-45.0120,169.904)
Hayes Engineering works: wind engine:

The engineering firm of E Hayes, in 1909-10 built a large wind engine to power its works. The 6.5 metre diameter wind engine was placed atop a substantial 18 metre high tower. This engine was the prototype for a series of wind engines that the firm later produced.

The firm still exists today, as does part of the mill tower.

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Warkworth (#nz3)

(-36.3719,174.629)
Sheep World: wooden wind engine:

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Foxton, North Island (#nz1)

(-40.4739,175.281)
tower mill :

Foxton windmill, an authentic working Dutch style smock mill opened on 13th April 2003, and in its first year of operation attracted 64,000 visitors (which is very high numbers for NZ with a population of 4 million).

The windmill was largely built locally by a team of volunteers, led by Cor Slobbe. The main gearing and sails came from Vaags Molenwerken in Aalten, Holland. The architect was Mr Jan Heydra. The chairman of the Foxton Windmill Trust Inc is Mr John Langen. The mill has two pairs of stones and sells high grade wholemeal flour.

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Mock Mills

Dannevirke (#nzmock3)

(-40.2089,176.098)

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Founders Heritage Park, Nelson (#nzmock1)

(-41.2617,173.297)
smock mill :

Although a mock mill, with the exception of the sails, this is a fairly accurate external repesentation of the working windmill that once stood in the centre of Nelson.

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Founders Heritage Park, Nelson (#nzmock2)

(-41.2622,173.296)
smock mill :

A small mock mill used in 2006 as a ticket or information booth by the car park entrance. By 2010, this had been moved to be in a more open area.

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Rotorua (#nzmock4)

(-38.0423,176.327)
Millhaven: smock mill :

10 metre high, built by Emanuel van den Bemd, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his family immigrating to New Zealand from the Netherlands.

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Someren nr Waitomo (#nzmock5)

Lady Antonetta: smock mill :

(From the translation of info found on a Flickr photo) Built in 2004 at 20% scale. Called the Lady Antonetta after the Christian name of the builders wife.

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Auckland (#nz20)

Partington's Mill: tower mill :


Originally built in 1851, the tower of Partington's mill was increased in height in 1915, leading to an unusual appearance of a conical tower, with a cylindrical extension. The mill continued to work commercially (with the help of electricity) till 1941, and was demolished in 1950. The site is now occupied by The Sheraton Hotel.

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Mount Eden, Auckland (#nz23)

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Timaru (#nz25)

Parr Brothers' Mill: tower mill :

was 5 sailed

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Heathcote, South Island (#nz22)

Mountfort's mill:

1853

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Riccarton, Christchurch, South Island (#nz21)

smock mill :

William Wood founded a milling company, that over its history operated first by wind, then water, then steam. The seven storey smock mill, designed by Whitmore and Binyon of Suffolk, erected in 1856, was in Windmill Road, now Antigua Street, a site now occupied by the Canterbury Brewery. In around 1861 it was moved to Leithfield, where it had a further life of about 17 years, before being dismantled.

There were plans to construct a replica of this mill in Ferrymead Park - using the signal tower as a base.

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