Old Windmill

Brisbane’s oldest convict-built structure on Wickham Terrace is also Australia’s oldest extant windmill. Built in 1828 to grind flour, it was also used as a treadmill for punishment. In 1861 it was converted into a signal station. Since then it has been used as both an observatory and a fire tower, and in 1934 the first successful experimental television transmittal in Australia was made from it. It no longer has its original sails and treadmill, but it remains as an evocative reminder of the convict past. An information board lists its fascinating history and it is a pleasant walk from the CBD up the Jacobs Ladder steps through the leafy King Edward Park.

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