Steam Boiler, James Martin & Co Gawler, South Australia, National Trust of South Australia Gawler Branch archive.

Gawler the Power of Steam

How South Australia’s economy was saved by steam:  a static and audio visual display. After years of drought, the fledgling state of South Australia’s farmers faced ruin. When the drought broke a good season changed everything. The farmers had a good crop but no market. To the rescue came John Ridley who powered his flour mills with steam. With steam power to his milling machines, Ridley was able to produce huge quantities of flour which New Zealand readily bought. Thus financial ruin was averted because of the use of steam. This was just the beginning!

Presented by Gawler National Trust Museum