Milling journals of the past. The Murrumbidgee Milling Co Ltd’s Roller Mill, Wagga Wagga, NSW

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    Cookson, Mildred M [Author]

    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2017 October

    Medium Digital

    Cereal processes > Flour milling > Commercial millers


    Scope & contentThe Murrumbidgee Co-operative Milling Co Ltd was formed in August 1889 for the purpose of erecting a roller plant at Wagga Wagga on the main line between Sydney and Melbourne. It became the second largest milling company in New South Wales outside Sydney. It ceased operation in the early 1980s and the grounds were taken over by Goodman Fielder in 1987. Goodman Fielder operated the mill for another 10 years before it closed its doors on December 8, 2000.

    The Miller (January 5,1891) paid tribute to the mill constructed in an area not previously known as a wheat growing area. However, as the mill was built large areas nearby were turned over to producing very high quality wheat. The capital of the mill in 1891 was around £30,000, provided by the farmers in the surrounding district.

    Norman Selfe , the man responsible for ordering the machinery for the mill was a consulting engineer to the New South Wales Government Railways. He carefully examined various roller mill systems at work in Australia, and collected reports from millers who had already adopted the roller system. As a result he selected the well-known milling engineers Thomas Robinson & Son of Railway Works, Rochdale, Lancashire to erect a complete plant on their latest system and to supply a well-tested engine and boiler…Read more.


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