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The Old Windmill

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Published September 12th 2014
An inner-city escape
Ever wondered what is on the list of visitors to Brisbane to see?

One of Queensland's oldest building is one of them, The Old Windmill in Spring Hill.

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The Old Windmill


Just 200m from Central train station up Jacob's Ladder (very steep stairs) sits proudly this heritage listed building.

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Just a short walk from the CBD


The Old Windmill has had many uses over its life. Built in 1828 by convicts the windmill's first use was to grind grains like wheat and maize. By 1862 it became the first home for the Queensland Museum. Once the museum moved to a larger home, in the early 1900s the windmill became the home of the Institute of Radio Engineers for meetings and experiments before becoming the pioneer television broadcasting location for Brisbane in the early 1930s. Much of the history of this building has been written for background information before you visit.

Next to the building is a lovely spot to picnic and play large sized chess (BYO pieces). King Edward Park is well shaded and has wifi access as well.

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Check mate - a great spot to picnic


Visit Brisbane like a tourist this weekend and have a new experience seeing something old.
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Why? Queensland's historical treasures
Where: The Old Windmill, Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill
Cost: Free
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