Built in 1870, McCrossin’s Mill is a lovingly restored three storey flour mill which now houses a multi-award winning Museum, Gallery and Function Centre.
Many locals once believed the “Old Mill” to be haunted. Now it is hauntingly beautiful.
McCrossin’s Mill Museum is renowned for its empathetic, humorous and even bizarre exhibitions. Its collection of Chinese artefacts from the Rocky River Goldfields is recognised as being of National Significance, other exhibitions include: Thunderbolt: Life and Legend; A Dark Red Rose: Corporal Cecil Stoker’s Story, Trickett’s Triumph; Australia’s First World Champion and Sunny Jim Mackay of Uralla; Best batsman in the world and much more.
The Digital Millers Tales contains the latest information and news from the Uralla Historical Society and McCrossin’s Mill Museum and Function Centre.
“The Millers’ Tales” is the Uralla Historical Society’s (UHS) newsletter. It is published quarterly, printed and posted out free to all members, sponsors, patrons and councillors. The Newsletter keeps all members informed on the latest news and up-to-date happenings at McCrossin’s Mill Museum, Gallery and Function Centre. These include scheduled Events, New Exhibitions, Stories and many more relevant articles about our Museum and community.
Become a member to receive the full and comprehensive hard copy edition in the post soon!!……but for now, to keep all our virtual visitors informed, we are excited to announce the inclusion of news and featured stories from this publication available on our website.
- URALLA COURT HOUSE THEATREPROPOSAL BY KENT MAYO on behalf ofURALLA ARTS COUNCIL URALLA’S 1885 COURT HOUSEIt’s really wonderful that Council decided to allocate grant funding to the refurbishment of the redundant 1885 Court House.One can only wonder why the NSW government of the 1880’s decided Uralla needed such a commodious building, a “Taj Mahal” as a newspaper described… Read more: URALLA COURT HOUSE THEATRE
- Social Activities – CalendarDespite the bitterly cold weather that occurred throughout the last few winter months when many of the events were held, it did not seem to daunt the invited guests/audiences who all seemed to enjoy the various occasions. In the four months, May – September, eight Coach Groups have visited the Mill. Two of which came… Read more: Social Activities – Calendar
- PARKSCentral Park, Armidale, is one of my favourites. Age-old trees dapple the spacious lawns, the War Memorial at the very centre of this uncluttered, special, peaceful place. Settle yourself down on a park bench, relax.Look over your shoulder at the Horbury Hunt designed Anglican cathedral, St. Peters, itself restrained, dignified. Inside, the comforting silent darkness… Read more: PARKS
- The Chinese Temples Project and McCrossin’s Mill McCrossin’s Mill Museum and Function CentreLast year in the capacity of the museum collection manager I had the pleasure of working along side Paul Mc Gregor and Junita Kwok from Our Chinese Past Inc. The non for profit organisation is a group of historians and genealogists who conduct projects to identify, document, preserve, research and promote the rich diversity of… Read more: The Chinese Temples Project and McCrossin’s Mill McCrossin’s Mill Museum and Function Centre
- People Ask About the Unusual Signs on our Garden Sheds etc. So, here you go …BUNNINGS – Where you go to get all sorts of stuff for building exhibitions, etc.(“Lower standards are just the beginning”.)BUGGERY – The Garden Shed, you know, “way to buggery up the back yard!”THE BUDGIE CAGE – When Uralla Players staged the play “On Our Selection’ in the Mill, this shed served as the actors’ Dressing… Read more: People Ask About the Unusual Signs on our Garden Sheds etc. So, here you go …
- LACE AT THE MILL
The Curator’s perspective. Last November the Mill’s Spaces Make Lace exhibition was a winner in the Small Museums category of the Museums and Galleries Annual IMAGinE Awards which were held at the new Chau Chak Wing Museum at Sydney University. Such recognition is a huge honour for us.This is how it happened. Mc Crossin’s Mill Museum prides… Read more: LACE AT THE MILL<br>The Curator’s perspective
- Australia Day Honour for our DirectorHuge congratulations to our Honorary Director who was acknowledged for his service to the community and was named in the Australia Day Honours List as a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia. On Australia Day, our very own Kent Mayo said “I got a nice shock”* when honoured with the Medal of… Read more: Australia Day Honour for our Director
- Our Constant GardenersWhen I became a volunteer at the Mill, I had no idea of the huge amount of work that had created such a unique cultural icon from a very sad and dilapidated property. To have had the foresight and vision of Kent Mayo, Peter Myers and Julie Porter, and others, to create a museum so… Read more: Our Constant Gardeners
- Great Work Kirk! A surprise VisitOn a chilly June morning, I was taking it easy in a chair in front of the Mill fire and chatting to the attendant. A couple came in. He with a head of white hair and a sparse white beard attached to a youthful face, she with a shy demeanour. Before they reached the counter,… Read more: Great Work Kirk! A surprise Visit
- Does Our Museum Glorify A Criminal? – Thunderbolt – Life and LegendWell, that depends on whether you are a woke, latte-sipping, counter-cultural, moralising history revisions or…Fred Ward, “Captain Thunderbolt”? Me? I’m in the latter category, so let me explain. When we first chose to settle in Uralla in 1974, I thought it quaintly amusing that a Pub, built in 1909 as “The Imperial”, would be renamed… Read more: Does Our Museum Glorify A Criminal? – Thunderbolt – Life and Legend
- Spaces Make Lace: The Janice Jones CollectionJanice Jones began collecting lace in the early 1980s and soon after she began making it. She had a keen eye and the support of respected dealers so her collection of more than 400 pieces includes some rare treasures, which illustrate more than four centuries of lace history.Almost all was purchased overseas at a time… Read more: Spaces Make Lace: The Janice Jones Collection