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The Old Windmill, Brisbane

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The Old Windmill is a heritage-listed tower located in Wickham Park, on Wickham Terrace in Spring Hill, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is the oldest surviving building in Queensland.HistoryThe Old Windmill was built in 1828 during colonial times by convicts for grinding grains, such as wheat and maize. The Old Windmill originally had wind-powered sails. The grinding of the grains was done by treadmill from October, 1828, with the wind-powered sails being used from December, 1828. The treadmill was dismantled in 1842 when the convict settlement was closed.After the murder of two members of a surveying party near Mount Lindesay in May 1840, three Aboriginal men were apprehended and tried for the crimes. In July 1841, the two surviving Aborigines were hanged from a beam from an upper window of the windmill.Land leases in the wider Brisbane area were issued under s.28 of the Regulations of 29 March 1848 and were nominally one mile square sections within a grid defined by (magnetic) north/south/east-west section lines. The grid had its origin at the convict-built windmill in Brisbane.On 20 January 1862, the Old Windmill became the first home of the Queensland Museum.
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  • The old windmill reminiscent of the beginnings of the city of Brisbane - as explained on the enclosed table beautifully. It is the oldest building in Brisbane - and deserves therefore a visit.
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  • Only a view of the historic windmill and an opportunity for photo. No activity. The doors is closed and cant climb up. Just a 5 min stop site.  more »
  • This building represents so much of Brisbanes history especially its early infrastructure,if you have ever laid blocks then check out the perfection of this structure.This is also adjacent to the rese...  more »

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Popular with tourists and business travelers, Brisbane's lodgings range from luxurious rental apartments with private pools and city views, to economical hostels just minutes from the main attractions in South Bank and the central business district. To soak up some local flavor at an affordable price, consider the city's inner suburbs. Located just north of the CBD, Spring Hill offers quiet accommodations within striking distance of the lively downtown areas. If you want to explore the city's famous nightlife scene, consider neighborhoods like Fortitude Valley or New Farm.
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