At Southern Cross we’ve been designing and installing Windmills Mount Isa residents can trust since 1903.
With over 100 years of experience designing and manufacturing windmills, Mount Isa residents can be comfortable knowing they have the support of Australia’s oldest windmill manufacturer.
People all across are well aware of the need for a sound supply of water, and thanks to this, many of these people continue to turn to a Southern Cross Windmill.
Affectionately known by locals as “The Isa,” and built on the site of one of the most productive mines in world history, Mount Isa produces lead, silver, copper and zinc.
Southern Cross offers a range of sizes in both windwheels, and windmill towers, and can consult with you to find the right windmill for you.
Our ‘IZ’ Double Geared Windmills range from a 6′ windwheel to a 14′ windwheel, and we offer tower heights from 20′ up to 60′. The most suitable windmill tower for you will be determined by your geographical location, and the size of your chosen windwheel.
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 original renewable energy source. It has been used 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. 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.
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 among the greenest and most reliable 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.
Before the arrival of the modern windmill to rural Australia, many pastoralists and graziers were restricted by water supply, but when these windmills were introduced, they had the capacity to set up large stations and pastoral runs well inland.
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.
Windmill pumps on some properties across the country have been reliably functioning for over 50 years, and while solar looks promising, its longevity has not yet been proven.
While many solar systems may be advertised as a safer option, windmill accidents make up less than 1% of all accidents on rural properties, while many electric pumps contain a dangerous or lethal current.
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 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.
A 3 year warranty is included in every purchase of a new Southern Cross Windmill.
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.
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 order.
From the very first Southern Cross windmill rolling off the Toowoomba Foundry line in 1903, nobody has experience like we do of dealing with and Australia’s unique water harvesting needs.
The Griffiths family produced their first windmills in 1876, which were based on designs from American inventor Daniel Halladay, and improved upon for durability and performance
The introduction of windmills to the Australian outback allowed rural families and pastoralists to inhabit more arid areas of the country, causing towns and pastoral runs to begin growing across these areas.
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.
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 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 resilience and reliability of a Southern Cross windmill. At its last service, all that was required was an oil top up to keep it operating smoothly.
Some of Australia’s best sporting talent was born in Mount Isa, with former world PGA number one Greg Norman, former tennis number one Pat Rafter, and triple premiership winner, Norm Smith and Brownlow medallist Simon Black all having been born in the rural city.
Mount Isa Underground Hospital was built in 1942 by off-duty miners as a wartime civilian hospital. Today you can take a guided tour that explores the tunnels and rooms of the 40 bed hospital.