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Kenya station windmill conservation

Kenya station windmill conservation

This Simplex windmill rose 13 metres above a bore on Kenya station, near Muttaburra in central Queensland for more than 80 years. Made by the Intercolonial Boring Company in the 1920s, it provided water for stock until 1988, when a new and deeper artesian bore came into service.

The windmill, which will feature in the National Museum's new Landmarks: People and Places across Australia gallery, was donated by John and Pamela Seccombe. It was taken apart on Kenya station then moved 1760 kilometres to Canberra. Conservators re-assembled the windmill in a National Museum laboratory in 2009 to explore preservation options and prepare for its new home in the gallery in 2011.

All photography by Lannon Harley, unless otherwise stated.

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