Picture of Malthouse 3
|Alternative names||The Maltings|
|Town or city||Mittagong|
|Construction started||30 Jan 1899|
|Owner||Malting Company of New South Wales (Limited)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Mr. Timothy T. Connor – 1913 expansion|
|Main contractor||Stuart Brothers of Sydney|
The Mittagong Maltings was a large three-malthouse complex first established in 1899 by the Malting Company of New South Wales, Australia, to supply malt to breweries throughout the state. The Maltings site has now been heritage assessed.
Located northeast of the current Mittagong railway station, The Maltings consist of imposing buildings that were established next to the Main Southern Railway and Nattai Creek.
A vacant area of the current Oaklands Estate was acquired in 1898 by the Malting Company of NSW. In 1899 an imposing yet dignified malthouse was constructed between the railway line and Nattai Creek. Over the following eighteen years, two additional malthouses, storage silos, workshops and a manager's house were constructed. The first malthouse was completed in 1899 and started operation in August of that year. In 1905 the Malting Company of NSW accepted an offer from Tooth & Co. to purchase the Mittagong Maltings and the original company was wound up. In 1906, Tooth & Co. constructed a second malthouse that was located to the north of the first malthouse and was a reverse image of the original. The third malt house, located across Nattai creek from the other two, began operations in 1916.
From 1916 until 1942 the three malt houses were more or less in continuous production with additional ancillary buildings erected and improvements in amenities provided. A light rail and pedestrian bridge was provided as a crossing point over the Nattai creek to link Malthouse No. 1 & 2 with No. 3. Malthouse 1&2 were damaged extensively by fire in 1942. Production ceased in Malthouse 1 for over a year and Malthouse 2 for a decade. Malthouse 3 continued production throughout this time. Malthouse 1 was temporally repaired over the following twelve months and fuller repairs were made over the following years. Malthouse 2 was completely rebuilt and did not return to active production until 1953.
There was a temporary closure in 1948 due to weather conditions.
Another fire in 1969 closed Malthouse 1 permanently with all internal structure's removed. Production in Malthouse 2 & 3 continued until 1980 when a fire burnt out the silo and kiln roof section of Malthouse 3.
With hard times being felt by Tooth & Co., and the easily availability of subcontracting malters, the owners decided to close the Mittagong maltings and placed all holdings up for sale in 1981.
Series of articles by Philip Morton published in the Southern Highland News
- Preface – "Sydney's Tooth Brewing Family Established Local Connections". Southern Highland News. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- One – "Oaklands Estate was Site Where Mittagong Maltings Established". 26 August 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- Two – "Part Two of a 4-part series". 2 September 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- Three – "Despite Plentiful Water Supply, Fire Caused Setbacks at the Maltings". 9 September 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- Four – "The Maltings – Aesthetics, Skills, Managers and Working Conditions". 16 September 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- "Tooth and Co. Maltings". www.bleakscenes.net.
- "The Abandoned Tooth & Co. Brewery (Mittaging Maltings)". Abandoned Places.
- "Tenders.". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 16 December 1913. p. 5. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- "Mittagong Malt Works.". The Sydney Wool and Stock Journal. National Library of Australia. 17 February 1899. p. 12. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- "A Large Malting Establishment.". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 17 February 1899. p. 5. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- "Maltings (The)". Office of Environment & Heritage. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- Berrima District Historical and Family History Society (6 August 2013). "Oaklands Estate was Site Where Mittagong Maltings Established". Southern Highland News.
- "Big Mittagong Fire.". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 6 August 1942. p. 6. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- "Fires in Malt Houses.". The Canberra Times. National Library of Australia. 6 August 1942. p. 2. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- "Beer Shortage Looms.". The Canberra Times. National Library of Australia. 30 December 1948. p. 2. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- Berrima District Historical and Family History Society (9 September 2013). "Despite Plentiful Water Supply, Fire Caused Setbacks at the Maltings". Southern Highland News.