Oatlands flourmill, Tasmania

The old mill in the town of Oatlands has its new wings and there is now much more.  We stopped on our way home to Binalong Bay from Hobart, specifically to look at the reconstructed windmill.

The mill has always been a landmark. Built in 1837 the Callington Flour Mill is no longer an old shell but a working wind-driven mill.  Recently the 45-year-old British millwright, Neil Medcalf came out to oversee the refurbishment. He manufactured the parts required at his base in Lincolnshire. The overhaul involved huge oak beams, iron work, and six mill stones made in Holland. Medcalf built the new section in in the UK and dismantled it for shipping in two containers.

The white cap that fits on the top holds the sails and the gears that direct the sails into the https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/55/Ogee_arch.gifwind. It is called an ogee. Image from Wikipedia.

Here is how the mill looked when I photographed it December 08.

The sails are sadly missing here but the good news is they are back!

We could not visit without heading over to the shop where you can buy the bread and flour. The old wood fired oven is out the back and the day we visited the bakers happily led a small child to the oven to explain the way the bread is baked.  Companion Bakery serves light meals and drinks so we had some lunch, I chose a cauliflower and goats cheese quiche with salad, the pastry was light and flaky. Then we bought some flour and semolina that carry the Callington Mill brand. The first time I have ever seen bran coloured semolina.

I like forward to making something with the natural semolina.

It is in the main street and impossible to miss.

The bakery is at the back. Just behind the shelves. Love the high ceiling in the centre bringing in light and ventilation.

It must be said that the flour is expensive compared to other stone ground flours available in health shops but fresh as fresh and worth supporting. I look forward to using the flour and semolina and will report my results in a further post.

For more information the Mill has its own blog to share information.

  1. #1 by Eloise (Eloctre) on February 11, 2011 - 11:02 am

    I just discovered you blog and am so glad I did! I love this mill, and the bakery looks wonderful! Windmills are something special. I’m from Brisbane and am visiting you beautiful state in 3 weeks for the first time, so excited! What would you recommend a young person who likes adventure, crafting, good food and something beautiful to take photos of visits/see? Can’t wait!

    • #2 by tastetravel on February 16, 2011 - 10:54 pm

      You need to trawl through my blog a bit more and also visit my tastetravel blog, without knowing where you are going, it would take ages to write some recommendations, do look at the Tasmanian tourism websites, work out where you are going or use it to guide you where to go. March and April are best times for weather so you should have a good time.

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