Once the state’s largest flour mill, Gibson’s City Flour Mill on Morrison Street is these days home to boutique apartments, offices, a restaurant and café. Three generations of Gibsons ran the mill – all named William – from its beginning in 1864 until its eventual closure in 1979. Over the years the Gibsons milled flour and stock feed, becoming the largest and longest-lived flour miller in Tasmania thanks to twentysomething William George Gibson’s ongoing investments in new technology. All this gave him immense wealth – including the historic steam yacht Preana, built by Robert Inches at his Battery Point boatyard in 1896 and now at Constitution Dock.
The Morrison Street façade dates from the 1890s. Step inside the now light-filled atrium and admire the timber walls – can you guess where you’d be standing if this were still an operating mill?
Address: 17 Morrison St, Hobart
Highlights: Heritage facade, timber block wall, timber spiral chutes
Building specs: Type: Mill. Year Built: 1860s. Architects: Unknown, 1 plus 2 Architecture