The tower of this mill - probably just prior to it being demolished. It was a cap mill (tower mill) of nine stories. There is not much written hard data about this mill, neither its machinery nor operation.
There is evidence that it was not efficient and that the owner subsequently installed steam power - but there are no obvious remnants of that enterprise visible. Water for the steam engine was raised from Oamaru Creek some 70 metres below, via a ram pump, for which a small dam and sump were constructed and reported on in the Oamaru Mail This photo shows the main shaft in place and the framework of the fantail. The two courses of extant blocks can just be discerned above the pasture grass.
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Photo taken in Oamaru, New Zealand
Misplaced? Suggest new location