Celebrate days gone by at the Mill
Monday 25 March, 2013
Parks Victoria is hosting a community fair on Sunday 14 April to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Day’s Mill, the best preserved flour mill in Victoria, as part of Australian Heritage Week.
According to Parks Victoria Shepparton Team Leader Neville Wells the anniversary marks 150 years since the pioneering Day family purchased the land for the mill, residence and farm in 1863.
“The community fair provides a rare opportunity to experience the past life of the mill and explore the historic homestead and farm,” said Mr Wells.
“Visitors will be able to walk through and explore the many rooms of the old residence, which was established in first year before the mill was constructed in 1865.”
The free event will explore links between the mill’s historic role in the community and the Goulburn region’s identity as a food bowl. In the past, Days Mill played a role as a cultural and social centre.
“Farmers would bring their grain to be milled, and dances were once held on two levels of the mill. It appears there was also a shop and a lending library onsite,” said Mr Wells.
Day’s Mill represents a valuable snap shot in Australia’s food manufacturing history and has been described as one of the finest examples of traditional milling technology in Australia.
The event will run from 10am – 4pm at Days Mill Heritage Area, 75 Day Road, Murchison.
“Guests can take a guided tour of the mill to see how they used to grind the flour or wander through around the old farm with fascinating examples of old ploughs which were pulled by horse and cart.”
“There will be plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy including heritage displays, traditional skills demonstrations, steam engines, horse and wagon rides, old time dancing, bush band, colonial games and activities for the children and a market,” said Mr Wells.
The Explore the Past: Live the Present: Day’s Mill and Farm 150th celebration is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s Your Community Heritage Program.
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