Welcome to Mill Pond Farm
Mill Pond Farm is a working traditional farm with fine wool alpacas, carriage horses, goats and sheep. All of our animals, including our numerous rescue animals, retire on our farm to live full and happy lives. To support the farm and ongoing restoration of our historic buildings, we offer a variety of rural activities for visitors - there is usually a range of antique horse drawn carriages for sale, and in the Wheatfield Gallery, rotating exhibitions and auctions of antiques and fine arts are scheduled several times a year. All kinds of collectable items are featured, from toys and music boxes, to artworks and vintage cars.
Mill Pond Farm is located at Jembaicumbene, 10kms south of the New South Wales Southern Tablelands village of Braidwood. The property has a rich colonial history, and over the past two centuries has produced prize winning wheat, sheep & cattle. Gold was discovered at Jembaicumbene in 1851 and a variety of important historic gold mining sites and 19th century buildings survive within our spectacular natural wetland in the middle Jembaicumbene valley.
Our traditional working farm is arranged around a magnificent 1850s flour mill, now housing the Wheatfield Gallery, with rotating exhibitions of art and antiques for sale. The gallery is open for specific events, held between advertised dates on Saturdays & Sundays 10am to 4pm, and otherwise by appointment (call 0438 126 987). Our exhibitions and events vary seasonally and in between the gallery may be closed to visitors while we set up the next event or for private functions, so please check with us before travelling.
Our highly productive farm supports our herd of fine wool alpacas, and a small herd of Angora and Boar goats and various breeds of sheep. The property is surrounded by superb wetlands and a significant 100 acre arboretum is currently being planted on the hills surrounding our farm.
Mill Pond Farm is a popular setting for numerous stunning film and photography projects like the beautiful video made by Kate Halpin for Mark Wilkinson's song "Summer Rain". If you're looking for a location for film or photography ask us, we're keen to help. Some more examples of recent work are on our News page.
Farming with style
Our beautiful historic farm buildings date from the mid 1830s to the 1870s, and include a rambling farmhouse, which started life as a rural outstation, was converted to an elegant Gothic revival dairy in the 1850s, and then into a bustling farmhouse at the centre of a 12,000 acre estate.
The house sits alongside 1840s stables, used with our carriage horses, a lovely 1840s wooden barn which houses our collection of carriages and vintage cars and includes a working forge, classroom and workshops, and the spectacular 1859 Steam Flour Mill, now home to the Wheatfield Gallery. The upper floors of the Mill are being fitted for artist studios, and our long term plans include a cafe and events space with accommodation in other historic buildings on the property.
The buildings sit within the stunning Jembaicumbene Valley. The 30 acre wetland is being carefully rehabilitated with bird watching trails that will eventually allow visitors to view the remarkable wildlife in the Jembaicumbene Creek.
The restored 1806 Thomas Tomkison square Piano Forte at Mill Pond Farm is the second oldest instrument by this fine London maker in Australia, and the only one restored to play at concert quality. Research suggests that it was specially ordered for use in small private concerts. It has thought to have remained in the same family ownership since it was made, travelling from London, to southern England, to Suffolk and then to New South Wales. In 2019, the piano will be played together with our Thomas Rolfe Cabinet piano of 1840 for the final concert of the Canberra International Music Festival which is to be held in the historic mill at Mill Pond Farm.
Our collection of veteran & vintage motor cars can often be seen running around the Braidwood District, often with other members of the Monkittee Driving Club, our Braidwood association for pre-war cars, motorcycles, bicycles and horse drawn carriages. Visitors are also often able to see some of the collection when visiting. Our 1929 Sunbeam 16.9hp, above, is a current favourite. A meticulous 4 year refurbishment has seen it returned to the road in fine driving order.