In the tiny town of Nimmitabel, not far from the Snowy Mountains, John Geldmacher began building this wind-driven flour mill in 1865. After seven years the mill was complete, but not long after it was finished John was told the mill was too close to a public road. It could not be used because the fans would frighten passing horses. So John removed the wind fans and ran the mill with horse power instead. The flour produced at the mill, from wheat grown in the fertile soil of the Monaro plains, was of the finest quality.
After only 13 years of production, the mill fell into disuse from 1885 and was left as a relic of the past until it was restored in the 1960s.