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Osborne, Ray
The Industrial and Engineering Heritage of the Floor Malting Industry in Queensland: The Former William Jones and Son (Maltsters), 1907 Malt House, Toowoomba
Engineering Heritage Matters: Conference Papers of the 12th National Conference on Engineering Heritage, Toowoomba, 29 September to 1 October 2003
Sheridan, Norman
Engineers Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 2003, pp. 123-128

Floor malting is the traditional method of converting barley to malt. Malting using this method commenced in Queensland in 1871, but only lasted eight years. Malting recommenced in 1892, and by 1902 six floor malt houses had been built. The largest malting site, with two malt houses, was at Black Gully, Toowoomba. In 1904, William Jones and Son (Maltsters), Shropshire, England, a major exporter of malt to Australia, purchased this site in response to the equalisation of import tariffs on malt following Federation. In 1907 it opened the largest malt house in Queensland on the site, but the company ceased operations in 1914. The Black Gully site was used intermittently until 1968, when a mechanical maltings was constructed. The former William Jones and Son 1907 maltings was, however, left intact and is one of the best examples of industrial and engineering heritage of its type in Australia.

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