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Illustrated Guide to Christchurch and Neighbourhood

Messrs. Wood, Sinclair, & Co

Messrs. Wood, Sinclair, & Co.

Messrs. Wood, Sinclair, & Co., millers, and grain and produce merchants, have their mills, of which we give an illustration, at page 164Riccarton, their three large.stores, which we also represent, at Addington, and their offices in High-street, Christchurch. The Riccarton mills, of which they are the present proprietors, were established by Mr. W. D. Wood in 1860, and have since been so successfully carried on by him that their brand is known as a leading one, and used not only in Canterbury, but also throughout the whole of the colony. The mills are situated on the River Avon on the Riccarton Estate, in close proximity to the North line of railway; from which line a private siding is laid down to the mill, running over a weighbridge of the most recent description, thus giving great facility for the receiving of grain and the delivery of the manufactured product direct into the railway trucks. The buildings consist of the mills, with storage accommodation for twelve mouths' supply. The mill is worked by a 6ft. 6in, American turbine water-wheel, giving 40 h.p., and driving all the necessary machinery for turning out the flour, for which the name of. "Wood" is so well known. Besides the mills and stores, there are at Riccarton the manager's house and offices, and the miller's cottage. The arrangements for the prevention of fire are worth notice; the turbine pumping water up into large tanks, from which it is laid on all over the premises, so as to be available at a moment's notice. At the present time the mills are capable of an output of 4500 tons per annum, but the firm contemplate supplementing the present system of stones with the roller system, and the erection of new mills, which, when completed, will probably be the largest and most perfect in the colony.

At Addington the firm have three large stores alongside the Southern line of railway, with which they are connected by sidings. These stores, of which we give lithographic illustrations, are capable of storing several thousand tons of grain. The offices of the firm, as we have mentioned, are in High-street, Christchurch, and are connected—as are the mills and the Addington stores—with the Telephone Exchange.