The mill was named when Mr B Brinkworth bought the farm on which it was situated in 1963 and his wife named it Onze Molen. But the mill had fallen into disrepair and in 1983, Brinkworth sold the property to the Natal Building Society. By this time, Onze Molen had been reduced to a four metre high trunk with a corrugated iron roof that provided shelter for labourers on the farm. The NBS researched possible restoration with the help of the National Monuments Council.
The architect for the restoration was JORDAAN & HARTWIG, Cape Town.
Paul Woolley of Daljosaphat Restorations, undertook the restoration. The wooden mechanism of the cap was made in the company's workshop, dismantled, transported to Durbanville and reconstructed on site. The cap was thatched on the ground and the entire structure was hoisted into place by crane.
The restored mill was officially opened in 1986. It is now the proud centre-piece of the Onze Molen Village development.
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