History of Port Mill

Spanning some 150 years, Port Mill has housed a flour mill, an engineering workshop and is now home to the vibrant Port Mill Bed & Breakfast accomodation

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Spanning some 150 years, Port Mill has  housed a flour mill, an engineering workshop and is now home to the vibrant Port Mill Bed & Breakfast accomodation

From flour mill to engineering workshop, and now luxury bed and breakfast accomodation,  17 Essex Street, Fremantle has a history spanning some 150 years.  The building’s rich history and prime location make Port Mill B&B the perfect place to stay on your next visit to Fremantle.

Originally built in 1862 by William Cornish,  the 2-storey limestone building was originally used to mill flour for the Fremantle colony and for export.  T.&H. Carter & Co. leased the mill in 1865 and in 1866 entered a bag of flour milled on site to the Intercolonial Exhibition in Melbourne.

Thomas Oakley, son-in-law of William Cornish, leased the mill in January 1868.  The mill was upgraded in 1871 to include an 8hp engine.  At this time the lot was described as being occupied by a house and mill.  Oakley ran the mill until his death in 1883.

Following his death Port Mill was purchased by prominent Fremantle businessman, E.H. Higham whose family owned the mill through to 1893.

In 1897 new owners Mrs William S. Pearse and George Yorke Hubble subdivided the property into a dwelling, two warehouses, a mill and stables.

The mill remained a working mill until 1910, when owners Ockerby Lehman and Co. Ltd. closed the mill, removing the machinery for use at their new Kellerberrin mill.

The building was described as a foundry in the early 1920’s and workshops from 1925 onwards.  In 1938 engineering workshops were established by Port Foundry and Engineering Co. Ltd.  The workshop made tank wheels and other parts for the army during the second world war.

The property was added to the Register of the National Estate by the Australian Heritage Commission in 1974.

In May 1993 planning approval was given for the restoration of the old mill into residential units.  The project included the restoration of all surviving parts of the old mill, including all external elements.

Port Mill B&B offers guest a luxury travel experience set in a heritage listed building nestled in the heart of Fremantle.

PORT MILL ROOMS

Port Mill’s Bed & Breakfast accomodation in Fremantle includes four suites.  Each suite has its own private ensuite and Juliet balcony.  As a boutique bed and breakfast hotel, each room has an individual style.  For longer stays we recommend booking the Zyutdorp Suite which includes a full size bath tub, washing machine and clothes dryer.

PORT MILLS ROOMS

Port Mill’s Bed & Breakfast accomodation in Fremantle includes four suites.  Each suite has its own private ensuite and Juliet balcony.  As a boutique bed and breakfast hotel, each room has an individual style.  For longer stays we recommend booking the Zyutdorp Suite which includes a full size bath tub, washing machine and clothes dryer.

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