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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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  • 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 »
  • I just found this whilst walking around looking at the parkland, there are stairs from the main rd, plenty of room to sit around and take pics. Heaps of mystery in this building.  more »
  • This is the oldest structure in Brisbane and it has a rich history, even a bloody history with hangings done here. I had to walk by it going to and from my hotel during the night. Many say it's haunte...  more »