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    Default Manual labour sugar mill video

    Just came across this on youtube. I found it quite interesting, although it is an hour long. Some metalwork in the workshop there as well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtXM6XYQiTY

    I think anyone who complains about Emmanuel Labour in Australia needs to watch this. What a bunch of softies a lot of us really are.
    Gold, the colour of choice for the discerning person.

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    Thanks for that - brings back memories. Sixty four ago when I started working in Australian sugar mills conditions were not a lot different from those shown in this film, though we omitted a few of the steps shown because we made raw sugar for subsequent refining, while the mill in the film is producing white sugar. Conditions have improved considerably in the lat sixty years!

    Frank

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    I initially could not understand why they were processing limestone there and also why they were processing sulphur. Then I read elsewhere sulphur dioxide and milk of lime is used in the sugar manufacturing process.
    Gold, the colour of choice for the discerning person.

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    The Australian refineries in the fifties did not use the sulphur dioxide process to remove unwanted colour from the refined sugar. Instead they used bone char filters. Bone char was activated charcoal produced by heating cattle bones in a closed retort and the resulting burnt bones were ground in a mill to produce the activated charcoal granules. I remember seeing open drays piled high with bones collected from Sydney butchers being delivered to the bone mill for processing. Everything in the bone char building was covered in a thick layer of very black carbon from the bone mill. It would compare well with some of the sites shown in the film.

    For some unknown reason - out of sight out of mind perhaps - the company chose the top floor on the bone char building as the archive to store old records. These were packed into large packing cases bearing inches of black dust and covered by a leaky roof. As a storage area for this material it left a lot to be desired!

    Frank.

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    Thanks for posting this Richard, absolutely outstanding. I reckon I could spend a week there just looking around.

    Phil

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    I see they got modern with the steam turbine running an alternator.

    I wonder how many sugar mills in Australia still use steam engines. Or whether they all use electric motors these days, with the bagasse just used to generate electricity and heat the liquid sugar mix to grow the crystals.
    Gold, the colour of choice for the discerning person.

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