Penong Windmills.... New tourist attraction.

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Community of Penong breathes life back into broken windmills for new museum
There would be photo opportunities here.
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Reply By: Ron N - Thursday, Sep 01, 2016 at 18:08

Thursday, Sep 01, 2016 at 18:08
Allan - Don Quixote would be impressed! Great work by the restorers, something about windmills that represents the pioneering work in the early days.

My Dad was a water-boring contractor in the Murchison during the early 1930's.
He not only installed a large number of bores, he also erected a lot of windmills.
It must have been exceptionally hard work - just erecting the mill tower was an art in itself, when all you had were horses, camels, and maybe an old Dodge or Chev car.

Dad reckoned it was Murphys law, that you could be right up the top of a mill, and drop a shifting spanner - and it would go straight down the borehole, better than any bullseye in archery!! LOL

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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Thursday, Sep 01, 2016 at 20:36

Thursday, Sep 01, 2016 at 20:36
Gday Allan and Ron
The last windmill i was in was in Bruges Belgium. The operator didnt speak english and i dont speak French. Great 10 minutes .
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Friday, Sep 02, 2016 at 12:08

Friday, Sep 02, 2016 at 12:08
Muzbry - Yes, windmills are probably one of Man's oldest inventions.

My wife and I stayed on the Greek island of Patmos (a beaut spot!) a couple of years ago, and they have 3 restored Greek windmills there, two of which date from 1588.

The Windmills of Patmos

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Sep 01, 2016 at 20:35

Thursday, Sep 01, 2016 at 20:35
Gday Allan,
"New tourist attraction" .... hehe .... the windmills were an " old tourist attraction " too. Here's a photo I took from 14 years ago. I'll be out there in a couple of weeks time so it will be an interesting comparison to see whats changed.
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Reply By: Member - Murray R (VIC) - Thursday, Sep 01, 2016 at 21:13

Thursday, Sep 01, 2016 at 21:13
Allan
We were there last friday and they are an impresive sight especially the comet. I would recomend that if your in the area drop in and have a look.

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Reply By: The Explorer - Thursday, Sep 01, 2016 at 22:18

Thursday, Sep 01, 2016 at 22:18
They should hook them up to the power grid.

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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Thursday, Sep 01, 2016 at 23:02

Thursday, Sep 01, 2016 at 23:02
Brings back memories. I lived in Penong in the 80's. The only water in Penong was from the bore pumped by the windmills and from rainwater tanks for drinking. The bore water was not drinkable and the quality varied, some very salty.
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Follow Up By: mike39 - Friday, Sep 02, 2016 at 08:28

Friday, Sep 02, 2016 at 08:28
That's interesting. We have been through there many times over the years and I always imagined the ones on the Eastern side of town would be connected as domestic supply.
Being quite small, I also reckoned they would be pumping from a shallow water table, quite potable as against salty.
Of course the small size could be due to the wind velocity in that region, it sure rattles across the Nullabor as my fuel gauge can attest.
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