Callington Windmill 2009

Callington Mill in Oatlands Tasmania was built in 1837 from a kit of parts sent from England. The design of the mill is similar to windmills in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. By 1900 the mill had lost its sails and shortly after this was completely burnt out leaving only the mill tower standing. During the 1970's and 80's restoration work was carried out locally to preserve the structure of the building.

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In 2006 Traditional Millwrights Ltd was invited to Tasmania to provide costs for restoring the mill to full working order.

In 2008, with grant aid secured from the Australian Government, Traditional Millwrights Ltd began construction of a new kit of parts at Home Farm in Lincolnshire. The  items were all assembled in our workshops before being taken apart again and loaded into two ocean going containers.

In January 2010 the mill set off on its 12,000 mile voyage to Tasmania where it arrived some 3 months later. We then re-assembled all the components on site and restored Callington mill to full working order at the end of July 2010. The mill worked perfectly on the very first day and on a visit 6 months later only needed minor nut and bolt tightening. 

The mill is now a popular tourist site in Tasmania and has regenerated Oatlands as a visitor destination with over 50,000 visits in 2012. As far as we know this is the only traditional working windmill in the Southern Hemisphere.

For this extensive project we built:

  • new cap with fantail, wind shaft, iron cross and brake-wheel,
  • new double sided patent sails,
  • complete set of stone furniture for 2 stones
  • flour dresser
  • smutter
  • mixer
  • hurst frame for a 3rd set of motorised stones

We also sourced 3 brand new pairs of composite millstones from Holland. These stones have the advantage that they do not need to be dressed as frequently as conventional millstones.