Restoration works underway at Days Mill

Wednesday 9 January, 2019

Parks Victoria is restoring a rare and remarkable 19th century flour mill

Parks Victoria is undertaking repair and conservation works to the heritage-listed Days Mill Historic Area in Murchison thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Living Heritage Grants Program.

Parks Victoria Ranger Team Leader, Neville Wells, says the restoration on the gatehouse is well underway and works are scheduled for the residence and mill throughout 2019.

“It is exciting to get these works underway and we are lucky to have skilled heritage practitioner Matt Jeffery and a small team of specialists working on the project.”

“One month in and the gatehouse is already visibly transformed. By the end of the project the buildings will have had a visible facelift and the structures will be restored and strengthened.”

A popular place for community gatherings throughout its history, Days Mill is an important local icon with deep roots in the community.

“We’re looking forward to showcasing our progress at the Community Open Days in March and April 2019,” said Mr Wells.

Lots of fascinating details within the buildings have already been re-revealed. In carefully removing the layers of debris and rubbish, contractors have found the signatures of several children from the Day family scrawled onto the wall.

Established in the late 1850s and named for its owners, William and Anne Day, the mill and farm complex is complete with its original machinery and provides an outstanding historic record of nineteenth century milling methods. Days Mill remained in the Day family up until 1986 and played an important role in the early development of the area.

Visits to the mill are by appointment only, however the restoration works are visible to passers-by. For more information about the site, including visit enquiries, contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

Parks Victoria manages more than 3,000 historic heritage places and objects across the state. This diverse collection is significant in representing key aspects of Victoria’s history. Parks Victoria plays a stewardship role of sustainably managing these historic places on behalf of the community. The Living Heritage Grants Program marks the largest State Government investment in the conservation and activation of heritage places in Victoria's history. There are currently over sixty Living Heritage Grant projects under way across the state. New grants will be available when the next round opens on 1 February 2019. For more information visit the  Living Heritage program website.

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