In 1988 the idea to build a Dutch windmill was formed. Pleun decided he would build an authentic and operational wind-driven flourmill, and they began looking for the right location.
Debby, Tanya and Adrie, the baby is Sanne Nieuwenhuizen. This picture is taken on our holiday to the Netherlands in 1990.
They eventually found a great place for a windmill - a place with the right aspects, not too many trees (wind obstruction), close to the coast (for more wind) and with spectacular views of the Stirlings Ranges. This land was previously owned by Rob and Maree Hitsert. Rob, a distant relative of Pleun, migrated to Australia in 1953 as a young boy with his family.
While Hennie was working in the Albany Hospital
(Albany is a city on the south coast of Western Australia) Pleun was researching
windmills, roaming the countryside for suitable building materials and
traveling to Holland to work with millers and millwrights, to study the
subject in depth. Pleun eventually began building the windmill in 1991
and built the windmill virtually single handedly between 1991 and 1997.
In 1994, three years before the cap and
sails were in place, the Windmill Restaurant was opened in the windmill.
This restaurant was operational till July 2003 in the same building.
During that time a winery was built and fitted out on the property. The 1999 vintage was The Lily's first wine made at the new winery.
The property also features two 16th Century
Dutch style houses both available for accommodation. Additional
holiday accommodation has been established in the Winery Quarters and
the Milling Quarters.
In July 2003 we moved our Windmill Restaurant into the original relocated and reconstructed 1924 Gnowangerup Railway Station, adjacent to the windmill.
In August 2003 we finished the windmill. We are now producing wholemeal stone-ground Spelt flour for our own restaurant, IGA stores, health shops, commercial bakers and home users around Australia.
THE LILY DUTCH WINDMILL
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