Milling journals of the past. Flour mills in Delhi and Bombay in 1902

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    Cookson, Mildred M [Author]

    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2023 March

    Medium Digital

    Cereal processes > Flour milling > Commercial millers


    Scope & contentAt the start of the 20th century there was much interest in the Indian milling trade as flour mills were being erected in various parts of the country. Calcutta, Delhi, and Bombay hosted some of the most important mills in India. At the time some ten flour mills were under European administration and there were several small, independently owned mills as well as competition with rice mills. In 1902 the journal Milling, the ancestor of Milling & Grain, published two well illustrated articles on two of the successful firms and I have summarised the reports here.

    The roller mill of A John & Co, D
    This mill had just been erected in July 1902 when the short article about it was written. Mr John’s mill was built under the direction of Mr E Roberts, who had the mill completed and running within 3 ½ months, including building the mill up from the third floor and putting in all the floors. The mill was officially opened by Sir Edwin John on March 31st.

    The Bombay Flour Mills Ltd
    The Bombay Flour Mill Company Limited owned three mills, designated A, B and C. The first two adjoined the nearby C mill. Together they had a capacity of around 1,800 bags of 196 lbs in 24 hours. All the mills were equipped with the ‘Simon’ system and kept constantly up to date. The A mill was re-modelled by Henry Simon in 1899 and was on the five-break system…Read more.


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