Friday, August 21, 2015

Windmill Town


Gilgranda's other claim to fame is as the "Windmill Town'.  Back in the 1960s before they had a town water supply each of the houses had to make do with wells and bores.  With the water table averaging 60 feet down they had windmills to pump the water.  Apparently there were over 300 windmills dominating the horizon.

Today they are gone but the memory is celebrated with a walk beside the river lined with a lot of the old windmills.

We enjoyed the walk and saw quite a lot of birds included the lovely green grass parrots that you see out west.  Tomorrow we move on.

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  1. I have a soft-spot for windmills. When I was a child, and lived on a farm, a lot of our emotional life was dominated by the current state of the windmill my father erected.

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    1. I like then photographically even though they are cliche. I found it interesting about it being a town of windmills. In our town many places including our own had wells from the days before town water mostly to supplement tanks for garden watering. But there were no windmills, the water was right up near the top of the well so we kids were banned from going anywhere near it. I think ours had a petrol driven pump on it. Here in the mountains the neighbours have an old well and we discovered the hole for ours when the earthwork was being done for our extension.

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    2. What extensions? Photos pls ...

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    3. They were done 10-15 years ago so were in place when you were here. We pretty much rebuilt the whole back of the house.

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  2. I've never seen birds that colour before, even out near Alice Springs. Must be a plains bird.

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    1. We start to see them at Bathurst and are common all places around that area. We don't see them at Clandulla or out that way so they represent the west to me. The further west we go they seem to disappear and we begin to see Apostle birds

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