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Southern Cross Windmills

  • Providing the highest quality windmills and windmill pumps to Marian for over 100 years
  • Highly trained and knowledgeable windmill installers and repairers
  • 30+ year design life
  • All exposed parts hot dip galvanised
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Marian Windmills

Southern Cross Windmills have been supplying windmills Marian families can count on for over a century.

People of Marian can rest assured that they have the backing of over 100 years of experience, from Australia’s oldest windmill manufacturer.

People all across Queensland are well aware of the need for a sound water supply, and because of this, a number of these people continue to turn to a Southern Cross Windmill.

Marian is a town and locality in the Mackay Region, Queensland. Mackay Sugar operates the Marian sugar mill where over 2 million tonnes of sugar is crushed every year, making it one of the largest sugar mills in Australia.

Windmill Sizes

Our windmills are available in a range of sizes. The Southern Cross Windmill can be fitted with a windwheel between 6′ and 14′, and mounted on a tower between 20′ and 60′.

Our experts can help determine what wheel and tower sizes would best suit your windmill, based upon the landscape you wish to have it built on, and the level of wind your property receives.

“IZ” Series Windmill Sizes

“FA” Series Tower Heights

The Southern Cross “FA” Series Windmill Towers are available in the following heights:

  • 20′ (6m)
  • 25′ (7.6m)
  • 30′ (9m)
  • 40′ (12m)
  • 50′ (15m)
  • 60′ (18m)

 

The minimum recommended tower height for each windwheel size, is as follows:

  • 6′ “IZ” – 25′ “FA”
  • 8′ “IZ” – 30′ “FA”
  • 10′ “IZ” – 30′ “FA”
  • 12′ “IZ” – 40′ “FA”
  • 14′ “IZ” – 40′ “FA”

Sustainable Water Solutions

Wind power is the original renewable energy source. It has been employed to power our boats, mill our grain and pump our water for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

Windmills have been a part of rural living in Australia for well over a century, and is a great renewable energy source, in addition to being an Australian icon. For well over a hundred years, rural Australians in towns like Marian have relied on windmills as a renewable energy source, and the humble windmill has become an Australian icon.

Anywhere there is access to water, you can build a windmill, no matter if it’s a river, dam, bore or well, the windmill pump is one of the greenest and most reliable water harvesting solutions.

Water Harvesting Challenges

We Love a Sunburnt Country

Australia is a famously arid and tough country, and water has always been challenging to come by for rural Australians – so much so that 85% of Australia’s population lives within 50km of the coast.

When George Washington Griffiths introduced the Southern Cross Windmill to rural Australians, it was a game changer, allowing pastoralists and graziers to explore further inland for stock grazing and pastoral runs.

While most rural properties use their windmills to draw water from bores or wells, windmills can also pump water from rivers and creeks, or into and out of dams.

Solar Water Pumps and Improving Technology

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 lasting success that remains to be seen with the more modern solar pumps, with plenty of properties across Australia boasting wind pumps that are more than fifty years old and still operating perfectly.

While many solar systems may be advertised as a safer option, windmill accidents make up not even 1% of all accidents on rural properties, while many electric pumps contain a dangerous or lethal current.

Why Choose Southern Cross Windmills

With a 30+ year design life, and over a century’s experience in providing windmills to Australian families, Southern Cross Windmills are a name you can rely 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.

The Windmill Specialists

At Southern Cross we pride ourselves in the design and integrity of our Windmills. We specialise in the design, manufacture, installation and servicing of top-notch windmills, across Australia and around the globe.

Designed to thrive in even the most harsh Australian climates, all Southern Cross Windmills are designed and engineered in house.

Authentic Southern Cross parts for all current range windmills are available for repairs or maintenance. If you are looking for parts for any past windmill, tower, pump or trough models, contact us to see if they are still available to purchase.

Over 100 years of experience

Southern Cross Windmills has unparalleled experience in dealing with towns like Marian’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 Griffiths family produced their first windmills in 1876, which were based on blueprints from American inventor Daniel Halladay, and improved upon for durability and functionality

The introduction of windmills to the Australian outback enabled rural families and pastoralists to occupy more arid areas of the country, causing towns and pastoral runs to begin growing across these areas.

As Aussie as lamingtons or a fresh Vegemite sandwich

One might never know if Lord Lamington ever sat near a Southern Cross Windmill, while enjoying a lamington at night under the light of the Southern Cross, but we do know that these things are iconically Australian. And unlike the lamington, we know the Southern Cross Windmill was created in Toowoomba.

Southern Cross still operates out of Queensland to this day, and is an Australian owned and operated company, servicing Australians all across the country, helping graziers, irrigators, families and more access reliable water harvesting infrastructure.

With you for the long term

This Southern Cross windwheel – a substantial 7.3 m – now lives at the Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society, and was initially supplied by Southern Cross Windmills in 1924.

The magnificent windmill is now used solely for display purposes, but it pumped water vigilantly for 73 years before it was donated to the Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society by the Payne family.

This timeless windmill is now closing in on 100 years old, and serves as a testament to the durability and reliability of a Southern Cross windmill. At its last service, all that was needed was an oil top up to keep it operating smoothly.

Marian Fun Fact

The Marian station and sugar mill were named after a property in the area called Mary Ann.

The sugar mill still in operation in Marian today is one of Australia’s largest, producing over 2 million tonnes of sugar annually.

Things to do in Marian

Located west of Marian is Eungella National Park which has extensive walking paths and the proud boast that, for the quiet and careful bushwalker, there is a rare opportunity to see platypus in the wild.