Things To Do in BathurstBradshaw's Mill
Where? Bathurst, Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa
When? Best viewed in daylight.
How much? Free
On the banks of the Bathurst River is perched the National Monument known as Bradshaw’s Mill. This mill was built by the British Settler, Samuel Bradshaw, in 1821, who intended to use it in the manufacture of blankets and kersey cloth.
In fact, Bathurst became the hub of the wool industry in the mid-1820’s as a result. The mill was burnt down by Xhosa warriors in 1835, but rebuilt and renovated just a year later.
Bradshaw’s was used as a grain mill until it became completely disused by the beginning of the 1900’s. Then, in 1964, it was bought by the Simon van der Stel Foundation, who restored it in 1981. Today, it is a beautiful reminder of this area’s roots and a fascinating element of the local heritage.