Albion Flour Mill

Sadly another piece of Brisbane’s history has been destroyed by fire. The former Defiance Flour site that was due to be redeveloped was demolished overnight after an extensive fire destroyed the derelict building. Almost 30 firefighters battled the blaze. The demolition crew moved in late last night and started to bring down the remnants of the old mill. The Albion Mill was one of the most iconic sights of inner city Brisbane. It was a familiar site on the Albion landscape and will be missed by many local residents.

On the 7 November 1930, the Brisbane Courier newspaper advertised a proposal for a new flour mill at Bridge-street, Albion, it was to be erected for Messrs Gillespie Bros. (Queensland), Ltd. The architect was Francis B. Hall. The Albion flour mill was built in the depression in the 1930's. It began packaging self-raising flour for 'White Wings' in 1957 and the two silos, those tall, white and blue cylinders that defined the local landscape came along in the 1960's. Many local people were present last night to see this Brisbane icon bite the dust.

Janette Garrad – Original Content Technician, State Library of Queensland


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Are there more images of the Mill, particularly of the rail lines and sidings servicing the mill?

Hi Anthony, there doesn't appear to be any other images of the Albion Mill available through our online catalogue, however if you would like to submit your question through our online enquiry form we can investigate further - . SLQ has thousands of photographs which are not yet available online, so there could be something buried in our collection.

My father was the electrician there in the 1950--1980s and more and it was a Mill because he took me there. They used to grind the flour as well, not just package it.. There was a lady was test-baked the product to see if it was of same standard.

The Albion Flour Mill was purchased by Patrick J O'Brien and Ron Plant on 12/8/99 from Goodman Fielders .The new company name was OBP Milling Pty Ltd and the trading brand name " O'Brien Flour" continued until 30/6/2005 when the land and buildings were sold to FKP Developers..The actually date the mill stopped milling was 11am 2/3/2005 after 73 years of flour milling.Ron Plant - Flour Millet 1968 -

Hi RonThank you for this information.Myles - SLQ