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    Hot and Noisy

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 15, 2006

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    Life above a mill was certainly noisy with the continuous hum of machines and smell of engine fumes. The only plus side would have been the warmth from the big steam engines during the winter months but I can only imagine the stifling heat during the summer. It seems that on really hot days, his wife would drape a bed sheet over the kitchen table and trickle water over it to create a large 'Coolgardie Safe'. Then she would put the little ones there to keep cool.

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    The Accommodation

    by keeweechic Written Feb 15, 2006

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    Above the mill was the Connor accommodation. In those times it was common for people to live close to or even within their place of work. In late 1925 the mill engineer set up home in the mill with his young wife and twins.

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    Connors Mill

    by keeweechic Written Feb 15, 2006

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    Connors Mill is probably the focal point of Toodyay. The mill was built in 1870 by a local builder to grind the locally grown wheat. This was the third one to be built in the Toodyay district and was built for Dan Connor who had his house and store next to the site. The Mill is now known as the Moondyne Gallery and is a fine example of a working flour mill. The original 19th century machine is still there being driven by a 27 tonne tonne steam engine. You will see and read all about the operation of the mill and even life on the 3rd floor in the living quarters. It is apparently the only flour mill in Australia to have twins born on the top floor.

    The Mill is open from 9am - 5pm daily. Tickets can be bought at the visitor centre.

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    Convict Labour

    by keeweechic Written Feb 18, 2006

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    The pews which were sawn and made locally by convicts and the floorboards are still the original. The church sits opposite Connors Mill and on the banks of the Avon River.

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    The Bee Smoker

    by keeweechic Written Feb 15, 2006

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    The old bee smoker is used to puff out the smoke which has a quietening effect on the bees. The smoker is filled with pine needles and set on fire.

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