Southern Cross are proud to have been installing windmills Pittsworth can depend on since 1903.
With over 100 years of experience designing and manufacturing windmills, Pittsworth residents can be worry-free knowing they have the support of Australia’s oldest windmill manufacturer.
People all across are well aware of the importance of a sound supply of water, and thanks to this, many of these people continue to turn to a Southern Cross Windmill.
The town of Pittsworth sprung up around a hotel, known as the Beauaraba, after which it was named until 1915, when the name was changed to honour a family that took up residence in the region in 1854. Today, the most famous hotel is the Tattersalls pictured below.
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 amount 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 employed to power our boats and mill our grain.
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 effective water harvesting solutions.
Australia is a famously arid and tough country, and water has always been difficult to come by for rural Australians– so much so that 85% of Australia’s population lives within 50km of the coast.
The advent of the modern windmill, thanks to George Washington Griffiths, was a game changer for pastoralists and graziers, allowing them to move further inland for stock grazing, where land was more affordable and accessible.
Despite being mostly used to pump water from deep bores or wells linked to underground water tables, windmills can also be used to pump from any body of water, such as dams or rivers.
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 many properties across Australia boasting wind pumps that are more than fifty years old and still operating perfectly.
While many solar systems may be marketed as a safer option, windmill accidents account for not even 1% of all accidents on rural properties, while many electric pumps contain a dangerous or lethal current.
Southern Cross has been providing windmills that Australian families can depend on for over a century, and all of our windmills have a 30+ year design life.
Since 1903, over 250 000 iconic Southern Cross Windmills have been built. All windmills produced by Southern Cross are hot dip galvanised, and supported by over 100 years of winning windmill design.
A 3 year warranty is included in every purchase of a new Southern Cross Windmill.
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.
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.
From the very first Southern Cross windmill rolling off the Toowoomba Foundry line in 1903, nobody has experience like we do of handling and Australia’s unique water harvesting needs.
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 inhabit more arid areas of the country, causing towns and pastoral runs to begin popping up 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.
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.
This 7.3 m Southern Cross windwheel, now contentedly housed at the Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society was originally constructed by Southern Cross Windmills all the way back 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.
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 required was an oil top up to keep it operating smoothly.
An annual car show, known as The Pittsworth Sprints, is held each year in the town, attracting car enthusiasts and drivers alike from all across the country.
In keeping with the topic of sprints, one time Worlds’ Fastest Athlete; Arthur Postle – known as the “Crimson Flash” – hailed from Pittsworth. The local museum is home to a display of memorabilia honouring his achievements.