Take a look back at the history of the Bingera Mill. Photo: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 91104
Take a look back at the history of the Bingera Mill. Photo: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 91104

LOOKING BACK: Bingera Mill through the years

AFTER news of Bundaberg Sugar reportedly closing down for good the NewsMail decided to take a trip down memory lane to look back at the mill throughout the years.

1883 – Brisbane cane grower William Gibson purchased a block of land on the north side of the Burnett River with his sons. Another grower, John Howes and Bros contributed financial backing.

1885 – A large sugar mill near The Bingera Plantation was operational.

Key Bingera Sugar Mill employees in 1938 (back from left) chemist Jack Davidson, cane inspector Arnold Bourke, company secretary Ray T Smith, (front from left) engineer Bill Stoward, WGG Gibson, Dr Arthur Gibson and ALG (Alf) Gibson. Photo: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 91080
Key Bingera Sugar Mill employees in 1938 (back from left) chemist Jack Davidson, cane inspector Arnold Bourke, company secretary Ray T Smith, (front from left) engineer Bill Stoward, WGG Gibson, Dr Arthur Gibson and ALG (Alf) Gibson. Photo: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 91080

1972 – After being run by the descendants of the Gibson and Howes family for decades, Bingera Mill is taken over by Bundaberg Sugar.

2002 – After the closure of the Fiarymead Mill, Bingera Mill absorbed some of its allotted cane.

2010 – A joint venture between Bundabrg Sugar and Bundaberg Macadamias sees a macadamia nut facility installed in an empty shed at Bingera Mill. The facility was to be used to dry and sort macadamia nuts.

2011 – Former residents who used to live near the Bingera Mill come together for a reunion which included a bus trip to the Bingera Mill.

May 14, 2014 – Bingera Mill sustains millions of dollars worth of damage after a fire tore through the building just weeks out from the crushing season.

Bingera Mill in modern times.. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
Bingera Mill in modern times.. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail

The fire was believed to have started in the main control room with a conveyor belt which feeds the mill also going up in flames.

October 7 2020 – Crushing finishes at Bingera Mill for what was reportedly the last time after more than 100 years of operation.

October 23, 2020 – Bingera Mill is set to close down for good with Bundaberg Sugar Limited announcing plans to streamline their operations through Millaquin Mill and the Sugar Refinery.

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