Maryborough is located just over 255kms from Brisbane, and just 30kms from its neighbour city Hervey Bay. Named for the Mary River on which it is located, originally a sugar cane town, today much of Maryborough’s economy is tourism based.
Southern Cross Windmills have been supplying windmills Maryborough families can rely on for over a century.
People of Maryborough can feel confident that they have the backing of over 100 years of experience, from Australia’s oldest windmill manufacturer.
Queensland families know how important reliable water harvesting systems are in the Australian outback, and this is why people all across the nation continue to count on a Southern Cross windmill.
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.
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:
Wind power is the oldest renewable energy source mankind has harnessed, and for thousands of years it has been used to power our boats and mill our grain.
Windmills have been a part of rural living in Australia for more than a century, and is a great renewable energy source, along with being an Australian icon. Australian towns like Maryborough have been using windmills to help them meet their water harvesting needs for over 100 years now, spanning all parts of the continent.
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 effective water harvesting solutions.
Australia is a notoriously 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 away from the coast for stock grazing and pastoral runs.
Most windmills are used to pump water from underground aquifers deep below the surface, but they can also be repurposed to redirect water from a river or creek, or pump it into or from a dam.
As with any other sector, as technology improves, challengers will present themselves. The most recent challenger to the windmill being solar pumps
Windmill pumps on some properties across the country have been reliably operating for over 50 years, and while solar looks promising, its life expectancy has not yet been confirmed.
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.
For more than a century, Southern Cross has been providing windmills that Australian families can count on. All of our Windmills come with a 30+ year design life.
With the backing of over a century of industry leading windmill design and Australian innovation, Southern Cross continue to increase on the over 250 000 windmills sold since 1903. All Southern Cross Mills are hot dip galvanised.
Every Southern Cross Windmill comes with our 3 year windmill warranty.
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 quality windmills, across Australia and around the world.
We design and engineer all of our windmills in house, and they are designed to be hardy enough to survive in even the harshest of Australian climates.
Genuine parts are available for Southern Cross “IZ” windwheels and “FA” towers. Parts for the retired A, J, R & Z Pattern Windmills”, “J” Series Windmill Pumps, Troughs, Check Valves, Pump Heads and Pump Jacks may still be available upon request.
With the first windmill emblazoned with the Southern Cross name rolling off the Toowoomba Foundry line all the way back in 1903, Southern Cross has unrivalled experience in dealing with water harvesting needs.
The Griffiths family produced their first windmills in 1876, which were based on designs from American engineer Daniel Halladay, and improved upon for durability and functionality
Many inland towns began to spring up and thrive thanks to these first windmills allowing rural Australians to move to drier and previously uninhabitable areas, grazing sheep and cattle, and even inland crops and plantations.
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 born in Toowoomba.
Southern Cross is an Australian owned brand, and we still operate out of Withcott to this day, servicing Australians all across the country, including graziers, irrigators and rural families.
Now comfortably located at the Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society, this 7.3 m Southern Cross windwheel was manufactured and transported to Mendooran in 1924.
The stunning windmill is now used solely for display purposes, but it pumped water reliable for 73 years before it was donated to the Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society by the Payne family.
Now closing in on 100 years old, at its most recent service, all that was needed was some oil in order to maintain it. While it may not get a letter from the queen, this windmill is a testament to the dependability and durability of Southern Cross Windmills.
Baddow railway station, Baddow Island and the neighbourhood of Baddow all take their name from Baddow House, a heritage listed home, and one of the first in the area.
As the self styled Heritage City of Queensland, there are many pioneer homes and establishments to check out, but if that’s not your speed, you might want to have a look at Queens Park or the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary.
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