Imagine a time when life was so certain that when you built a building for your business you were confident enough in the future that you put the name of the business into the very fabric of the building.

This is not a time of mergers and takeovers of globalisation and restructure, this is when life was more local and certain.

There are a number of such buildings around and so this blog is an attempt to record some of them and more importantly a bit of the history of the business which by and large are no longer with us.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Crown Roller Mills

This is Manor Place, Dunedin

With 1890 displayed at the top of the building this fantastic brick structure has been with us for a while. No longer a working mill it has been converted into apartments on the upper floors and a restaraunt / bar on the ground level.

This much less impressive building is the office next door to the mill. No prizes for guessing how I knew that.

The Crown Roller Mills company was founded in Timaru where it operated the Atlas Roller Flour Mills.
Originally built in 1867 using bricks and Oamaru stone and fitted with Anderson and Mouat's steam flour mill.
It was extended in 1890 (the date on the top of the building) by the addition of two additional floors to accomodate new steel roller mill technology.

Ownership changed over time until Goodman Fielder closed the production at the Mill in 1997, where mills ironically in Timaru took over production.

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