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"The short Success Story of Mill Island" Top 5 Page for this destination Christchurch Off The Beaten Path Tip by Kakapo2

Christchurch Off The Beaten Path: 105 reviews and 178 photos

  A little island in the Avon river.
by Kakapo2
  • A little island in the Avon river. - Christchurch
      A little island in the Avon river.
    by Kakapo2
  • The water wheel is rather new. - Christchurch
      The water wheel is rather new.
    by Kakapo2

This small island in the Avon River, between Worcester Street and the Bridge of Remembrance, was the site of a flour mill in the early days of Christchurch, and a place where Maori gathered whitebait.

The mill was built in 1859 and did a booming trade until 1888. In those days horse carriages, loaded with wheat, formed queues of up to 750 metres. The mill was demolished in 1897. A year later the so-called “Christchurch Beautifying Association” planted the barren island with magnolias, camellias and other shrubs.

The water wheel you see today is far from being historic, not even a replica of the original wheel. It is as non-original as the English style vegetation of the island. The wheel was built in 1997, to commemorate the centenary of the Chch Beautifying Association.

On an information plate, located near the wheel, on the river bank to the right of the Bridge of Remembrance, you can see pictures of how the site looked at the times when the mill was operating.

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  • Updated Nov 2, 2007
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