Canberra has various historical sites scattered throughout the region but have you ever taken a trip to Lanyon Homestead?
Take a closer look at the c.1940 Seneschal windmill used to pump water from the river to a concrete tank on a nearby hillside. The Southern Cross ‘Seneschal’ has a tower that is 20 meters tall, and the windmill is 30 feet, or about 9 meters, in diameter.
Why not step out 20 meters, and then 9 meters, along the ground to see how tall and wide the windmill is? You might need to go outside to do this! Something to ponder; why did the Southern Cross company call this model a ‘seneschal’? What does that word mean? Do you think that word fits the machine and its location at Lanyon?
Why not make a mini seneschal windmill
Follow our tutorial here:
- Square paper
- Pencil with Eraser
- Fold a paper square measuring 15cm x 15cm, in half diagonally to form a cross.
- Use scissors to cut along the lines of the cross, stopping 3cm before the centre point.
- Using a pin, make a small hole in the centre of the paper, and in each of the four corners.
- Bring the corners, one at a time into the centre point and thread onto the pin.
- Pass the pin through the back of the pinwheel and then through a wooden bead, or use a thick, large button.
- Stick the end of the pin into a small eraser and put it on the tip of a 10cm dowel rod, you may need to use a bit of poster tack on the end of the dowel to fix the eraser on with.
- Take your pinwheel outside when there’s a breeze and see it spin!