Windmills of New Zealand


Belgrove (#nz6)

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wooden wind engine:

restored railway windmill, for pumping water for steam locos

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Foxton (#nz1)

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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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Oamaru (#nz4)

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Hassells Windmill: tower mill : Just a few rows of stone blocks remain of the mill that was demolished in 1909

Oamaru, 1905, Oamaru, by Muir & Moodie studio. Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (PS.001076)
Oamaru, 1905, Oamaru, by Muir & Moodie studio. Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (PS.001076)

Oamaru 1905, detail
Oamaru 1905, detail

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Oturehua, Otago (#nz2)

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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)

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Sheep World: wooden wind engine:

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Willowbank (#nz5)

(-46.0335,169.030)
wooden wind engine:

Pumped water into a tank for use by the railway

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Willowbank windmill & tank
This windmill was used on the Waikaka branch line for pumping water into the adjacent tank. It stands near the Willowbank Siding of that line which was opened in March 1909 at the urging of local residents and with the aid of their own funds. The railway ran from Gore to Wiakaka through agricultural and gold-mining country. It was finally closed for economic reasons in 1962. The windmill, built by the Railways Department at its Addington Workshops at the turn of the century, is one of the few remaining in New Zealand.
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Mock Mills

Avalon Park (#nzmock8)

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Smiling windmills: scupltures:

Three oversized brightly coloured beach windmills, by sculptor Leon van den Eijkel.

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Dannevirke (#nzmock3)

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Founders Heritage Park, Nelson (#nzmock2)

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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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Nelson (#nzmock1)

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Founders Heritage Park: smock mill :

Although a mock mill, with the exception of the sails, this is a fairly accurate external repesentation of Bush's Windmill that once stood in the centre of Nelson.

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Nelson (#nzmock9)

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The Grape Escape: model:

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Ohoka (#nzmock7)

From: The Press 2003 Oct. 14, p. A8, by Prue Eckett: "Andrew and Shenleigh van't Wout of Beckenham have moved the model windmill they built in their garden because it did not meet planning requirements. It has been sold to a family in Ohoka."

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Rotorua (#nzmock4)

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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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Wainuiomata (#nzmock6)

(-41.2599,174.984)
post mill :

Large model, built by some Dutch ex-pats

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Waitomo (#nzmock5)

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Lady Antonetta: smock mill :

Built in 2004 at 20% scale. Called the Lady Antonetta after the Christian name of the builder's wife.

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Auckland (#nz23)

Eden Mill: tower mill :

Built 1844, initially as a corn mill, but in later years it ground animal (and human) bones for use as fertilizer. Demolished 1929.

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Auckland (#nz20)

Partington's Mill: tower mill :

1898 photo, from before the tower was heightened - Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 4-149
1898 photo, from before the tower was heightened - Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 4-149

Mill tower after the 1915 heightening
Mill tower after the 1915 heightening

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 an hotel.

Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology has 3 French Burr stones from the mill, and Howick Historical Village also displays a millstone labelled as having come from Partington's mill.

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Christchurch (#nz21)

Wood's Mill: 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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Heathcote (#nz22)

Mountfort's mill:

1853

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Leithfield

smock mill :

Moved from Christchurch.

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Nelson (#nz26)

Bush's Windmill: smock mill :

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Timaru (#nz25)

Parr Brothers' Mill: tower mill :

was 5 sailed

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