Robb's Sugar Mill
1871 - 1873
James Robb owned a farm beside the Lagoons in the vicinity of the present Alexandra Street where he erected a small horse-powered mill to crush his own twenty acres of cane. It first began crushing in August 1871. The mill had vertical wooden rollers and was capable of manufacturing half a ton of sugar daily.
After the first crushing Robb improved and rebuilt his mill with two clarifiers, three battery pans and a centrifugal. The mill was housed in a building of bush timber with a thatched roof. Disaster struck soon after noon on 8th October 1872 when burning bagasse from the furnace set fire to the building. Fortunately the clarifiers, pans, furnace and brick chimney were unharmed and the mill and centrifugal were repairable. A new weatherboard building was erected and within two weeks crushing had resumed. "Robbsleigh" was advertised for sale in the Mackay Mercury on 24th May 1873 and the mill never crushed again.
Kerr, John. (1980).
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