At Southern Cross we’ve been designing and installing Windmills Goondiwindi locals can trust since 1903.
With over 100 years of expertise designing and manufacturing windmills, Goondiwindi residents can be comfortable knowing they have the support of Australia’s oldest windmill manufacturer.
People in Goondiwindi are mindful of their need for a reliable water supply, and due to this, many have, and still look to a Southern Cross windmill to assist them to meet their water pumping and collecting needs.
Goondiwindi is a rural town and locality in the Goondiwindi Region, on the border of Queensland and New South Wales. Goondiwindi is on the MacIntyre River, and the majority of the area surrounding the town is farmland.
Southern Cross Windmills are available in a range of both windwheel and windmill tower sizes, and our experts can help you find the windmill that best suits your needs.
Our ‘FA’ Series towers come between 20′ and 60′, and the ‘IZ’ windwheels are available in sizes starting at 6′ all the way up to a 14′ wheel. The dimensions of your windmill will be established by your surrounding landscape.
The Southern Cross “FA” Series Windmill Towers are available in the following heights:
The minimum recommended tower height for each windwheel size, is as follows:
For centuries, we have employed wind to power our boats, mill our grain and pump our water. Wind power is the first renewable energy to be harnessed by mankind.
Windmills have been a part of rural living in Australia for well over a century, and is a great renewable energy source, along with being an Australian icon. Australian towns like Goondiwindi have been using windmills to help them meet their water harvesting needs for over 100 years now, spanning all parts of the continent.
Windmills can be built anywhere there is access to water, whether it be a bore, a well, a river or dam, the windmill remains one of the most effective and greenest water harvesting solutions.
More than 80% of Australians live within a mere 50km of the coast – a testament to how dry and harsh the Australian conditions can be – and access to reliable water has always been a challenge for rural Australians.
The arrival of the modern windmill, thanks to George Washington Griffiths, was a game changer for pastoralists and graziers, allowing them to move further away from the coast for stock grazing, where land was more affordable and accessible.
Most windmills are used to draw water from underground water tables deep below the surface, but they can also be repurposed to reroute water from a river or creek, or pump it into or from a dam.
The solar water pump has recently presented itself as the latest challenger to the windmill, as water harvesting technology looks to modernise.
Windmills are proven to have a long term success that remains to be seen with the more modern solar pumps, with many properties across Australia boasting wind pumps that are more than fifty years old and still functioning perfectly.
Despite solar systems being advertised as a safer option, they may contain a potentially dangerous current, while the “dangerous” windmill accounts for less than 1% of all accidents on rural properties.
With a 30+ year design life, and over a century’s experience in supplying windmills to Australian families, Southern Cross Windmills are a name you can depend on.
Our windmills are hot dip galvanised, and backed by more than 100 years of successful windmill design, and Australian innovation. Since 1903, we’ve built over 250 000 of our iconic windpumps.
Every Southern Cross Windmill comes with our 3 year windmill warranty.
Southern Cross specialise in the design, manufacture, installation and service of windmills across Australia. We pride ourselves in the design and integrity of every Windmill we produce.
Designed to thrive in even the most harsh Australian climates, all Southern Cross Windmills are designed and engineered in house.
Genuine Southern Cross parts for all current range windmills are available, in addition to other parts for A, J, R & Z Pattern Windmills”, “J” Series Windmill Pumps, Troughs, Check Valves, Pump Heads and Pump Jacks may still be available upon request.
Southern Cross Windmills has unparalleled experience in dealing with towns like Goondiwindi’s water storage needs, with the very first Southern Cross branded windmill being produced at the Toowoomba Foundry all the way back in 1903.
The first windmill built by the Griffiths family was manufactured in 1876, based on blueprints by Daniel Halladay, which were improved upon for Australian conditions.
The introduction of windmills to the Australian outback enabled rural families and pastoralists to populate more arid areas of the country, causing towns and pastoral runs to begin growing across these areas.
Similar to another Toowoomba icon – the lamington – Southern Cross windmills have become an Australian classic. However unlike the lamington, the Southern Cross Windmill originating in Toowoomba is not up for debate.
Operating out of Queensland to this day – in our Withcott factory – Southern Cross is an Australian owned and operated brand, servicing Australians from all across the country, from irrigators and graziers to rural families and households.
This Southern Cross windwheel – a substantial 7.3 m – now resides at the Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society, and was initially supplied by Southern Cross Windmills in 1924.
While now used purely for display purposes, the Windmill pumped tirelessly and faithfully for 73 years before it was donated to the Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society by the Payne family in Mendooran.
Closing in on its 100th birthday, at the most recent service, all it needed was some oil in order to keep it in operating condition. This Mendooran windmill is a testament to the durability and dependability of a Southern Cross Windmill.
Goondiwindi was first proclaimed a municipality on 20 October 1888 and boundaries have not altered to this day. Before the Federation of Australia in 1901, the town served as a border crossing between Queensland and New South Wales. The customs house from that era is now a museum.
Champion Racehorse Gunsynd was trained in Goondiwindi. In his career he lost only one race from 30 starts. In today’s money, Gunsynd would have won over 10 million.
If you’re a fan of shopping, you’ll be right at home in Goondiwindi, with a thriving shopping strip and a wide variety of stores. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a photographer, there’s not many places more picturesque than Goondiwindi in jacaranda season.
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