Grinding mill made by Tony Grisancich's uncle in Pirano, Istria, Italy, during World War II. It became illegal to use the mill during the War, so the family used to muffle their windows, keep a look out for officials, and grind grain for themselves and their neighbours, to supplement their meager rations. In 1956 Tony immigrated to Australia. He brought the mill stones to Australia after a return visit to Italy in 1992, and recreated the wooden parts of the mill back in Australia.

Physical Description

Grinding Mill consisting of: a square wooden bench with four legs, braced with cross pieces, a raised edge and a small piece of in upright wood the centre of the bench which is attached to a handle underneath the bench; two round grinding stones; and a long wooden pole which fits into the top grinding stone and is suspended from the ceiling.

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