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A Windmill in Australia!


We arrived back to Atlanta from Australia this past Saturday and fly to Amsterdam today!  So, how about this nice segue...a windmill from Australia!

This Windmill (without sails!) is Brisbane's oldest structure, as well as Queensland's.  It was built by convicts in 1828 when it was brought over to Australia from England by a soldier.

It originally had sails but because the soldier was not an engineer (as the story goes), he couldn't get them to continue to work properly.  So he had the convicts tread the mill by hand.

I know of one Dutch woman who could have helped him figure out the sails!

A Windmill in Australia!


We arrived back to Atlanta from Australia this past Saturday and fly to Amsterdam today!  So, how about this nice segue...a windmill from Australia!

This Windmill (without sails!) is Brisbane's oldest structure, as well as Queensland's.  It was built by convicts in 1828 when it was brought over to Australia from England by a soldier.

It originally had sails but because the soldier was not an engineer (as the story goes), he couldn't get them to continue to work properly.  So he had the convicts tread the mill by hand.

I know of one Dutch woman who could have helped him figure out the sails!

comments (48)

  • Les Auld
  • Wet Southport
  • 5 May 2008, 00:14
Welcome back Ginnie, and so you shall have windmills wherever you go, well seen and i=an interesting history to it as well.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Les! Thank you. If I can find windmills everywhere I go, I will be in heaven! smile
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 May 2008, 02:40
heck...why worry about darn sails, when there is plenty of free convict labour to get the job done.

Very humorous post, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Only you would come up with that, Ray! smile Thanks.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 5 May 2008, 03:51
Nice capture and welcome backsmile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Sherri. I can't tell you how good it is to be back. I'm all smiles. smile
Oh wow - what a trip. Very cool windmill indeed.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Jen. It was a trip of a lifetime!
  • Astrid
  • SUNNY Nehterlands, really sunny.....
  • 5 May 2008, 05:19
You're back in one piece....and what a starter...a windmill, a weathervane, blue sky, (like we have will have for at least 8 days tongue ) great point of view, thank you for the link.
Yes, I would have helped him with the sails...ooopppps, I promissed to be modest...gringrin
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Astrid, I'm back in one piece! I looked at the weather report for Amsterdam for the next two weeks and can't believe what incredible weather we'll have. I'll wonder if I'm really in Holland. grin But of course it will be sunny! Even when it rains it's sunny in my heart, as you know so well. See you soon, Musketeer!
  • mirco
  • Switzerland
  • 5 May 2008, 06:21
This With Windmill in front of the Blue Sky, Just Great
Ginnie Hart: It was such a fabulous time for us, Mirco. And that blue sky definitely helped. Thanks.
Interesting picture and an equally interesting picture to go with it! Nice to see you are back smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so kindly, Nishana. It's great to be back with this incredible family.
Welome back Ginnie - whatever next: Australian clogs?
Ginnie Hart: HA! Now THAT will be the day, Chris. Only you would think of that! smile Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 May 2008, 06:47
Welcome back from downunder - so how is it to walk upright again?

It remains an interesting subject that people in those days brough whole structures by sea. We have many such a bridge in our country. Built in maybe Scotland according to measurements from here. I think shipping fees must have been quite affordable then.

Great shot.
Ginnie Hart: It was such a trip of a lifetime, Louis. We'll never forget it. I really appreciate your comment because now I see this was more common than I thought. It took awhile for it to sink in that this windmill was really brought over from England. I guess the sky was the limit in those days! Thanks!
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 5 May 2008, 07:56
Well you never know what to expect, Ginnie. Good to have you back.
Ginnie Hart: You are ever so right, Chad! And it's GREAT to be back! Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Staffordshire
  • 5 May 2008, 07:59
I knew my post today would bring you backgringrin
Love the heavenly blue sky Ginnie, we could do with some of that in Stoke it's foggy and with light rain.
Astrid would be in her element with that job for suretongue
Great to have you back on board musketeersmile
Safe flight to AMS.
Ginnie Hart: I was the first comment on your post last night, Tracy, and have no idea where it went. I decided it was time for the Three Musketeers to get together again. So, we need to start talking about that! Maybe Astrid and I will come visit you this time?! Anyway, it's great to be back, as you'd guess. Thank you, mijn vriend.
If only there had been a crane in the backgroundtongue Good to have you back
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, Bill. I have a huge smile on my face with this thought! I DID find many a crane...but just not near this windmill. Thanks.
Welcome back Ginnie. What could be better than a windmill to start? Nice shot!
Ginnie Hart: It certainly made sense to me, Richard, after coming back from Oz and getting ready to fly to the land of windmills! Thank you.
  • Saeed
  • Iran
  • 5 May 2008, 08:37
Very Nice shot, Great colors & good composition smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Saeed. Thank you.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 5 May 2008, 08:40
Wonderful capture Ginnie I must go and see it now you have pointed it out to me.
Ginnie Hart: You should definitely go see it, Vintage. It was within walking distance from the train station, not far from our apartment. Thanks again for the great visit together! I'll never forget it.
Not much of a windmill. Still a nice building and treading a mill by hand is also evironment-friendly!
Have a nice holiday?
Ginnie Hart: Not much of a windmill at all for those of you who really grew up with them and know what they're all about! For sure, Wim!

BTW, I'll have to see if you'll be at the Art Market on Sunday!
  • Blackdog
  • Home Sweet Home
  • 5 May 2008, 09:28
Clearly they just have the wrong kind of wind in Australia and they didn't want to own up! Welcome back ;o)
Ginnie Hart: HA! You are probably right, Mike. No polder for the wind to sweep across either! Thank you, kind sir.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 May 2008, 09:28
Hartelijk welkom, Ginnie, together with the windmill you have mentally come back to Europe! Nice to find all over the world familiar traces- a kind of cultural...connection everywhere!
Ginnie Hart: Mentally I am definitely back in Europe, Philine (even if my plane has not yet left...just a few more hours). You are so right about these cultural connections. Sometimes they blow me away! smile
  • martie
  • Okinawa, soon to be US
  • 5 May 2008, 09:37
Welcome back, Globetrotter! I love that you photographed a windmill from Oz and you're back on your way to Amsterdam! The blue sky is such a great contrast to the stones in the windmill. Nice one!!
Ginnie Hart: It was such a perfect segue, Martie, and astounded me to even find it there. Who ever would have thought! Thank you.
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 5 May 2008, 09:54
Interesting building. It looks like a lighthouse. Hope to see a lot of photos of your trip in the next weeks.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Cako, and I'm surprised you're the first person to say so. I thought it WAS a lighthouse when I first saw it. You will definitely see lots of photos of the trip, over time. Thanks.
I found it amazing that the oldest buildings in AU were the same age as my house and mere babies in European standards. Glad you found the windmill - made you feel right at home, I'd say.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Mary. Australia is like the USA--very young in comparison to Europe. I thought of that every day! Thanks.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 May 2008, 10:34
Splendid colour sky - the windmill stands out so well. Welcome back Ginnie.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: After we left Sydney, Ingrid, where it rained every day, the sun shone and the skies were blue the rest of our trip! It was spectacular. Thanks.
  • navin
  • India
  • 5 May 2008, 11:22
Nice shot
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Navin. It was a splendid find! smile
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 5 May 2008, 11:59
great angle, I like that, it shows the height very well

Welcome back by the way
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Chantal. It was great to find this and now it's good to be back.
  • mal
  • 5 May 2008, 13:27
lovely to have you back Ginnie. I hope that you had a great time. mal
Ginnie Hart: It's great to be back, Mal, after a memorable trip of a lifetime! It was especially good to meet Neal in person, as well as Vintage/Adrian (which will be my post tomorrow). Thank you.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 5 May 2008, 14:28
Howdy!! Ginnie nice to have you back. I hope that you had a really nice visit in Australia. Lovely picture and the blue sky is beautiful!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Frida. It's great to be back once again. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan - United States
  • 5 May 2008, 14:42
That is a great segue. And what an image! Bon voyage, once again, and we'll catch up with you after you cross yet another ocean.
Ginnie Hart: It felt so apropos, Ruth! smile Thanks, and I'll talk to you soon on the other side....
A perfect shot for your return. Welcome back. An Aussie windmill is unexpected. Lovely perspective and blue, blue sky.
Ginnie Hart: I was totally shocked, Red Pen, as you can imagine. I felt so lucky!!! smile Thanks a million.
Beautiful shot, Ginnie. It kinda reminds me of a lighthouse. I always find myself looking at lighthouse books. I can see I would love these windmills too. Great job capturing this one.
Ginnie Hart: I actually thought it WAS a lighthouse, John, when I first saw it. Then I had a good laugh when I heard the story. smile Thank you, kind sir, as always.
  • Ellie
  • at home
  • 5 May 2008, 15:57
A huge amount of stuff was taken/sent to Australia in the early days because there wasn't the infrastructure to produce what was needed, and is was quite urgent to get things up and running. I wonder what would be seen as important or vital today?

It's a lovely picture, what a glorious blue sky too.

Glad to see you back again smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Ellie. We heard more than once that Australia made a great penal colony for Britain because no one could escape and go back home! The history really is fascinating...and I must say that everywhere we went, we saw the British influence. It surprised us how young the country is, very similar to the USA!
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 5 May 2008, 16:24
Welcome back and have a good trip!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
Trust you to find a windmill grin have another safe journey Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! If there's one to be found, I will definitely make a point to see it, Chris, as I did this one. We are back safe-n-sound here in AMS again. Thanks.

BTW, I have tried twice to leave a comment at your site but it says it is temporarily "down." Really?
Welcome back Ginnie.
If there is a windmill somewhere in the world, you are the one to find it smile
Ginnie Hart: If it's there, Magnus, I will definitely make a point to find it, YES! smile Thanks.
  • Richard Trim
  • Leicester UK : Back from Suffolk
  • 5 May 2008, 18:40
Britain's prisons are crazily overloaded Ginnie ... so maybe transferring 10's of thousands to Australia and re-establishing windmills would be a good idea and help with sunstainable and carbon free energy. Ha! I think I could solve all the world's problems. ;-) richard
Ginnie Hart: I think you're on a roll, Richard! grin
It never occured to me that the Aussies might have windmills Ginnie, but what a good shot and an interesting and amusing comment to go with it. Enjoy Amsterdam.
Ginnie Hart: I was totally shocked, Brian! Never in a hundred years would I have guessed we'd find one where we were. So fun! Thanks.
Great shot. Welcome back. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, ChiChi. That means a lot.
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 5 May 2008, 22:03
wonderful shot Ginnie and have a safe and super time in Amsterdam, i know you willsmilesmile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Tim, and YES, we will have a great time in this place we call Home.
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 5 May 2008, 22:58
Welcome to the real life, dear. Hope you had a blast time in the land of Oz.
Ginnie Hart: I still am pinching myself, Viktor, that we were there! Thanks.
  • Justin
  • China
  • 5 May 2008, 23:02
Love that very blue sky! I hardly ever see skies like that in smoggy Beijing.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Justin. We spent a day in Seoul coming back and couldn't believe how smoggy it was! Thanks for your comment.
  • Ron S
  • watching the clock
  • 5 May 2008, 23:04
Interesting story Ginnie. Thanks.
Ginnie Hart: Some stories are dying to be told, Ron! grin
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 6 May 2008, 04:04
Wonderful, simple colors.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jewlya!
  • deji77
  • Europe
  • 6 May 2008, 23:21
welcome back Ginnie smile
lol! well i'm sure it did keep the convicts out of mischief!
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 7 May 2008, 06:25
I'm not surprised that windmills dont fail to find you wherever you go Ginnie (it certainly is not you finding the windmills, is it? grin)
  • Arash
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 7 May 2008, 06:35
Nice shot.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 10 May 2008, 13:05
Hi Ginnie, nice to see you, i'm also back from holidays. Nice one, in memory of netherland? ;-)
Ginnie Hart: This one is in Australia, Klaus, but definitely reminded me of Holland! smile I'm a glutton for windmills.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal (lisbon)
  • 12 May 2008, 11:16
Glad you're finally back...smile
And wherever there's a windmill Ginnie will be there to steal its soul smilesmilegrin
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Lina! Windmills are written on the walls of my heart and soul, so no wonder I had to find one in Australia! smile
Well I prefer Holland models smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Me, too, Zeb! smile
Ahahahh! I see that there also you have found inspiration sources! Welcome after so many days!
Ginnie Hart: You can't NOT be inspired by a windmill, José-Angel, even without sails! smile

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