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Steel Flowers, A Collection!

Late last year I visited Loeriesfontein in the Namaqualand area of the Northern Cape. Surrounded by Mountains, accessed from the N7, this village is home to the largest collection of windmills in the world, fondly referred to as Steel Flowers.

History shows that the late Dr Walton, a British born Capetonian had a great interest in different aspects of conservation, especially the conservation of water-pumping windmills. In an attempt to share this knowledge he invited potentially interested organisations and places to start a windpump museum. The Fred Turner museum in Loeriesfontein was the only respondent, and the Windmill Museum was born. Since then the team and interested persons have sponsored and collected 27 windpumps, now assembled and on display.

Its a magical sight to behold, especially as they turn in the welcome wind … Our guide was the most charming man one could ever hope to meet, he alone giving life to an often forgotten town.

An old truck with ‘wind pomp’ working away to move water.

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