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Greathead's Mill
Aliwal North district, Eastern Cape


With this impetus for the cultivation of wheat it was natural that mills should be erected to convert it into meal. Large mills, built of the local sandstone, were powered by undershot wheels, and at one period the Don Don mill had five pairs of stones in continual operation, whilst the second mill at Leeuw River, built in 1892, had seven pairs. No doubt this development resulted in the announcement in 1875 that 'Mr Greathead's powerful water-mill on the Orange River, close to the town of Aliwal North, has been re-erected'. (Walton. 1974:55)

Writings about this entry

Walton, James. 1974. Water-mills windmills and horse-mills of South Africa. Cape Town and Johannesburg: C Struik Publishers. pg 55