Waimate Grain Silos

166-190 Lower Queen St, Waimate

  • Waimate Grain Silos. Image courtesy of www.flickr.com.
    Copyright: Derek Smith. Taken By: Derek Smith - travelling-light. Date: 4/07/2013.
  • Waimate Grain Silos. November 1991. Image included in Field Record Form Collection.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand . Taken By: A Elworthy.
  • Waimate Grain Silos. Image courtesy of www.flickr.com.
    Copyright: PhilBee NZ - Phil Braithwaite. Taken By: PhilBee NZ - Phil Braithwaite. Date: 26/02/2013.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 5446 Date Entered 25th June 1992


City/District Council

Waimate District


Canterbury Region

Legal description

Lots 25-27 29-30,33, DP 6


This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. This report includes the text from the original Proposal for Classification report considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

These reinforced steel silos were built in 1920, for wheat storage. They were used for storage during 1920-21, but were thought to be a failure when the wheat did not keep well, possibly because the silos were used too soon after construction. Wheat was stored in them again in the 1960s, this time with success.

The silos were built by Robert Nichol, who migrated to New Zealand from Scotland, and who became a highly regarded Waimate citizen, serving as Mayor.

While the Waimate silos may be the first silos to be built in New Zealand, they have not played as major a role in the development of the milling industry as the silos adjacent to the flour mills in Auckland and Timaru. The Timaru Flour milling company building is classified B and the Northern Roller Flour Mill silos are presently proposed for B classification.

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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1920 -

Completion Date

1st June 1992

Report Written By

Mary O'Keeffe

Other Information

A copy of the original report is available from the NZHPT Southern region office

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.