Photograph, Andrew Simpson's Threshing Mill; Drey, I.D.; 1920-1930; WY.1991.60


Photograph, Andrew Simpson's Threshing Mill

About this object

This photograph depicts Andrew Simpson's steam engine and threshing mill in action.

Andrew married Isabella Milne, daughter of James and Ann Milne who settled at ‘Greenfield’ in 1869. James Milne introduced the first threshing mill to the Mimihau district in the 1870’s. Andrew and Isabella farmed 232 acres called ‘Towncroft’ on Doctor’s Road which they purchased in 1900. Andrew, a mill owner, who knew that he had cancer, died four years later, but had bought the farm for his wife and young family to remove his sons from the gambling that was common among the mill hands.

Andrew Simpson was involved along with Robert Dodd in bringing a traction engine from Dunedin to Wyndham. On crossing the bridge from Menzies Ferry tragedy struck. On the last span the decking gave way and they were thrown into the river. Andrew Simpson although landing in deep water and hit by heavy timber was seriously injured but was able to walk out of the water. After 15 minutes Robert Dodds body was recovered. He had volunteered to drive because he was single and Andrew Simpson was a married man.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Wyndham


Drey, I.D.

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Inscription and Marks

Yellow sticker on front of photograph: '363'
Yellow stickers on the back: '75' '701'
On back in black pen: 'Andrew Simpson's Threshing Machine'.


h 255 mm x w 305 mm



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organic, vegetal, processed material, paper, photographic paper
organic, vegetal, processed material, paper, card

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