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C4011 Millstones, (2) made of vesicular basalt with dressed faces, from a waterpowered flour mill, used at Barcom Glen watermill erected by Thomas West, Paddington, New South Wales, Australia, 1810 -1812. Click to enlarge.

Millstones used at West’s Barcom Glen watermill, Paddington, NSW, 1810-1812

Made by West, Thomas, c.1810.

These millstones were part of the first water-powered flour mill in Sydney opened by Govenor Lachlan Macquarie on 14 January 1812. It was located at what is now Glenview Street, Paddington, a Sydney suburb, and the grinding technology involved the grain being worked between the flat surfaces of the horizontally-placed millstones.

The owner of the watermill was Thomas West, a [former] convict, who began work on it in 1810 on a grant of land promised by Macquarie which came to be called Barcom G...

Summary

Object No.

C4011

Object Statement

Millstones, (2) made of vesicular basalt with dressed faces, from a waterpowered flour mill, used at Barcom Glen watermill erected by Thomas West, Paddington, New South Wales, Australia, 1810 -1812

Physical Description

Millstones, (2) made of vesicular basalt with dressed faces, from a waterpowered flour mill, used at Barcom Glen watermill erected by Thomas West, Paddington, New South Wales, Australia, 1810 -1812

Upper and lower ( runner & bedstone) set of millstones, working faces of both stones are dressed in the usual manner with 'French furrows'. Could have been an overshot wheel, driven by a waterwheel through gears and perhaps belting.

Dimensions

Width

300 mm

Production

Notes

Made and operated by Thomas West, a convict, by trade a carpenter. There is evidence to suggest his father, John West, operated a watermill in Barcombe, Sussex.

Stock book refers to "Mill erected in N.S.W. somewhere about the year 1810"

Made

West, Thomas c.1810

History

Notes

The stones were used in the Barcom Mill at Sydney, NSW

Source

Credit Line

Presented by Mr Edward T West, Mrs E M Loder and Mrs A B Ellis, 1906

Acquisition Date

11 September 1906

Cite this Object

Harvard

Millstones used at West's Barcom Glen watermill, Paddington, NSW, 1810-1812 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 18 April 2019, <https://ma.as/216962>

Wikipedia

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