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Arriving in New Zealand for a visit at my son I had a FOREIGN experience.
We traveled in 2006 from Wellington to Cambridge.
On the way we came across this interesting sight.
I took the photos in 2006.
Our Dutch name “De Molen” translates to “the Mill”. In the Netherlands, the country of windmills, a molen is, by default, a windmill with its type only specified if it is not wind driven.
De Molen was built, and is run, by volunteers under the management of The Foxton Windmill Trust Inc., a charitable society.
Plans and specifications were obtained from the Netherlands and de Molen is, apart from alterations made to conform with New Zealand building codes, an exact replica of a 17th century Dutch flourmill.
Equipped with the latest design composite millstones, de Molen produces a range of milled products for human consumption from NZ grown grains – all whole grain and stone ground – including:-.
- Maize (corn) meal;
- Rye meal;
- Kibbled rye;
- Wheat flour;
- Kibbled wheat.
In addition to our range of flour, our ground floor retail shop offers imported Dutch cakes, biscuits and sweets as well as NZ and Dutch souvenirs. Informational videos on the ground floor and on Level 1 (our display/information level) show the history of our mill & mills in general.
de Molen also serves as Foxton’s Tourist Information Centre.
I am sitting on the original grind stone of the mill.