Statement of Significance
The site of the former Strathkellar Flax Mill is located on the south side of Strahan's Road about 10kms north-east of Hamilton. The above ground fabric which survives include the roads, building foundations and the dam, as well as one ruinous large building which appears to have been used in the production process, and discarded plant litters the site. The Flax Mill was the first Flax Mill established in the area in the 1940s and represents the local communities efforts at self sufficiency.
How is it significant?
The Strathkellar Flax Mill is of historical and scientific significance to the Southern Grampians Shire.
Why is it significant?
The Strathkellar Flax Mill is of historical significance as the focus for the most extensive flax growing area in Victoria and for its importance as part of the war effort in the 1940s. It is of scientific significance for its agricultural research by the CSIRO and state Department of Agriculture.
STRATHKELLAR FLAX MILL - Physical Conditions
High archaeological potential.
STRATHKELLAR FLAX MILL - Physical Description 1
The Strathkellar Flax Mill was once a large and thriving mill, employing a number of local people. At its height, it was a series of sheds, pondage, roads, and outbuildings. The surviving fabric of the original complex includes roads, building foundations, the pondage and one ruinous large building which appears to have been used in the production process. Another smaller building is little more than a shed. Discarded plant litters the site.
STRATHKELLAR FLAX MILL - Historical Australian Themes
Theme 3: Developing local, regional and national economies
3.5 Developing primary production
3.5.3 Developing agricultural industries
3.8 Moving goods and people
3.13 Developing an Australian manufacturing capacity
Theme 5: Working
5.8 Working on the land
Theme 8: Developing Australia's cultural life
8.10 Pursuing excellence in the arts and science
8.10.5 Advancing knowledge in science and technology
STRATHKELLAR FLAX MILL - Usage/Former Usage
STRATHKELLAR FLAX MILL - Integrity
low degree of integrity as a complex
STRATHKELLAR FLAX MILL - Physical Description 2
Mr. McVicar, first manager
Capt. Fullerton, supervisor of the mill
Mr. Bruce Hogg, director of Flax Fibres Pty. Ltd.
Mr. A A Lee, Inspector of Agriculture (in charge of Flax Section)
Mr W B Miller, Senior Inspector of Agriculture
Heritage Study and Grading
Southern Grampians - Southern Grampians Shire Heritage Study
Author: Timothy Hubbard P/L, Annabel Neylon
STATE SCHOOL NO. 3536 (FORMER) AND RESIDENCESouthern Grampians Shire
TOBACCO KILN (FORMER)Southern Grampians Shire
ACTONSouthern Grampians Shire
"AMF Officers" ShedMoorabool Shire
"AQUA PROFONDA" SIGN, FITZROY POOLVictorian Heritage Register H1687