Back to the grindstone for Mum

19th-century Days Mill site opens for Mother's Day weekend

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See how flour was milled back in the 19th century.

See how flour was milled back in the 19th century.


Learn how a mother of seven successfully ran a farm and mill in 19th century Victoria.


THIS Mother's Day weekend (May 11-12) why not visit one of the best-preserved examples of a 19th-century flour mill in Australia.

Days Mill in Murchison, Victoria, was once home to amazing woman and mother Ann Day who, after her husband tragically died in 1872, single-handedly ran the farm and mill while raising seven children.

Historical accounts suggest it was one of the most advanced properties in the district, indicating that Ann ran a successful business in the male-dominated Victorian business world of the time.

The Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club will be at the venue over the weekend to participate in the Mills on the Air event, which connects mills from all over the world.

Parks Victoria says the event offers a rare opportunity to discover the 19th-century technology and artefacts of Days Mill.

Free guided tours of the heritage buildings will run at 11am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm. The Murchison CFA will operate a barbecue until 3pm.

Visitors are urged to wear suitable clothing, footwear and sun protection and take a water bottle.

Bookings aren't required.

The Day Mills event is part of the Australian Heritage Festival, co-ordinated annually by the National Trust of Australia. The theme this year is Connecting People, Places and the Past.

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