Beeac Windmill Park

Beeac Windmill Park

Beeac Heritage Windmill Park was established in 2010 and commemorates the 150th anniversary of Beeac which is located about 20km from Colac.

It celebrates the existence of the businesses of the six known windmill makers in the town at various times from about 1890 to the 1940s. The windmills were donated by property owners in the region and restored by local people.

There are displays of seven windmills and lots of historical information boards about the town and windmills which have played a key role in development of the area by providing water for crops, livestock and the people.

Windmills have pumped out water for crops and livestock for centuries, and the love for them is in full bloom in the tiny town of Beeac, near Colac.

These iron towers dominate the skyline in Beeac, nestled among vast farmland and close to lakes in the area.

Beeac Windmill Park

There is probably nothing more iconic on the Australian landscape than the windmill. These iron towers have pumped much needed water to our harsh landscape over the last two centuries. The windmill has played an integral role developing our continent while providing water for crops, livestock and the population.

The small rural township of Beeac, which is about 20 km north east of Colac in the Western District, has recently opened a special heritage park to celebrate this important piece of rural equipment.

Called the Beeac Windmill Park and located in the main street of the township, the small park has a variety of different windmills all with some strong links back to the surrounding region. Opening in October of 2010, to celebrate the town's 150th Anniversary, the park is not only an interesting look back at the heritage of the windmill but it is a striking art form in its self.

The park has examples of windmills from six manufacturers that were found around the region between the 1890's and 1940's. Donated by local property owners, the windmills were painstakingly restored by local retired engineer Dick Shinners. With the help of members of the Beeac Progress Association, hours upon hours of work went into the restorations in order to bring the historic windmills back to life. Many of the windmills were reconstructed by studying old photographs and sourcing authentic timber and metal to be able to recreate them as close to original as possible.

A pavilion covered in informative displays show the history of not only the windmills but how the town has evolved over its 150 years. There are some amazing old photographs and pieces of trivia that make really interesting viewing and reading. Each of the windmill manufacturers has a plaque also telling the story of the people, times and their heritage.

One of the more impressive of the windmills is known as the Corbet Windmill. This windmill has a huge 10ft diameter wheel and was built by James Corbet who was a wheelwright and blacksmith who lived in the Beeac area. Today, Corbet Road just out of the town centre is named after him.

Prowse is another name associated with Beeac, James Prowse, and later his three sons, operated the Prowse Mills which were once the biggest manufacturing business in Beeac. Their business, Prowse and Sons, even won a contract to supply a version of their windmill to soldier settlements after World War I. At its peak the business employed over 30 people. The contract saw the Prowse mills sent all over Victoria and even as far as South Australia and into New South Wales.

Beeac is leisurely hour and twenty minutes' drive from Geelong. It can be easily found by taking the Colac Geelong road (Princes Highway) and turning right onto the C146 Colac - Ballarat Road a few kilometres before Colac. Or by taking the Hamilton Highway out of Geelong and turning onto Barpinba Poorneet Road near Barunah Plains and travelling around 6 kilometres.

For more information on the Geelong and Western District area of Victoria Australia visit www.intown.com.au

Beeac Windmill Park and Heritage Trail

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 ⊜  78A Main St,  Beeac  View Map
78A Main St, BeeacVictoria




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