Photograph, Old Otautau Flour Mill ; Randall, George Thomas; Unknown; OT.2010.65


Photograph, Old Otautau Flour Mill

About this object

This is a photograph of Moffat's Flour Mill at Otautau.

Henry Moffat having built four mills in Canterbury, went bankrupt, sold three mills off and leased the on at Lincoln. When this happened Moffat shifted, with his first wife Mary and their six children, to Otautau. In 1883, Henry built a flour mill in Otautau. The mill was made of solid concrete with 12 inch walls, close to the river, in which a weir was constructed to provide the necessary water for flour production.

Moffat solid his mill to William Saunders known as 'Pa' in 1888 and shifted to Scotts Gap where he established a very profitable flaxmill.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Otautau


Randall, George Thomas

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Printed on bottom of the photo: 'THE MILL OTAUTAU N.96 RANDALL PHOTO PROTECTED Dec 22.10.11'
Hand written in the back of mount: 'These photographs have been at the museum as long as I have been involved - we started cataloguing in 1977 but didn't do these as they weren't from our area so have been in box for years. With complements from the Catlins Historical Society OWAKA'.


h 260 mm x w 310 mm

Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

Buildings and Structures

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Medium and Materials

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

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Public Domain Public Domain

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