DAYS MILL UP­GRADE

Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

Re­fur­bish­ing work has started on the her­itage­listed Days Mill in Murchi­son fol­low­ing a $500 000 grant from the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s Liv­ing Her­itage Grants Pro­gram last year.

Parks Vic­to­ria said the re­pair and con­ser­va­tion work had al­ready re­vealed hid­den trea­sures from the 19th cen­tury flour mill and its own­ers, the Day fam­ily.

So far, the mill gate­house has been re­stored with more works sched­uled for the res­i­dence and mill through­out this year.

Parks Vic­to­ria Ranger team leader Neville Wells said the mill was an im­por­tant lo­cal icon with deep roots in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘It is ex­cit­ing to get these works un­der way and we are lucky to have skilled her­itage prac­ti­tioner Matt Jef­fery and a small team of spe­cial­ists work­ing on the project,’’ Mr Wells said.

‘‘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.’’

Mr Wells said a lot of fas­ci­nat­ing de­tails had been 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,’’ he said.

Es­tab­lished in the late 1850s and named af­ter its own­ers, Wil­liam and Anne Day, the mill and farm com­plex still has its orig­i­nal ma­chin­ery.

Mr Wells said the mill pro­vided an out­stand­ing his­toric record of 19th cen­tury milling meth­ods and re­mained in the Day fam­ily un­til 1986.

‘‘Days Mill played an im­por­tant role in the early de­vel­op­ment of the area,’’ he said.

Mr Wells said he was look­ing for­ward to show­cas­ing the work’s progress at com­mu­nity open days in March and April.

Vis­its to the mill are by ap­point­ment only. How­ever, the restora­tion works are

Im­pres­sive: Gate­house at Days Mill. vis­i­ble to passers-by. ● For more in­for­ma­tion about the site, in­clud­ing vis­it­ing in­quiries, phone Parks Vic­to­ria on 13 19 63.

Great Days: The re­pair and con­ser­va­tion work has re­vealed hid­den trea­sures of the Days Mill.

Restor­ing her­itage: Com­ple­tion of the Days Mill project will re­veal a vis­i­ble facelift with struc­tures re­stored and strength­ened.

His­toric: The Days Mill re­fur­bish­ing work has be­gun.

Fam­ily trea­sure: (Right) Sig­na­tures of mem­bers of the Day fam­ily, re­vealed dur­ing the con­ser­va­tion works.

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