Murchison’s iconic Days Mill gets facelift

By Madeleine Caccianiga

Refurbishing work has started on the heritage-listed Days Mill in Murchison following a $500000 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 visible to passers-by.

For more information about the site, including visiting inquiries, phone Parks Victoria on 131963.