Long before the humble windmill was associated with turbines or renewable energy, here were water pumping windmills with the Southern Cross name emblazoned on their sails. The Griffiths family were producing these pumps out of the Toowoomba Foundry from as early as the late 1800’s, with designs based on blueprints from American windmills designed by Daniel Halliday.
Southern Cross have had many models of windmill for sale over the decades since the first models rolled off the foundry line, and the current windmills for sale by Southern Cross are the culmination of decades of engineering and design.
More than a hundred years later, and plenty of Southern Cross Windmills – some of them decades old – still adorn the countryside, from the Wheatbelt in Western Australia and cattle stations in the Northern Territory, to pastoral farms in New Zealand, even seen as far away as the United States and United Kingdom.
The Southern Cross Windmill is available in a range of both windwheel and windmill tower sizes, and our experts can help you find the windmill pump 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 pump, tower and wheel will be determined 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:
If you are looking into windmill renovation, Southern Cross Windmills also have a range of steel windmill parts available for purchase, with bolts, spokes, blades and tails available. All parts for the “IZ” Windmills and “FA” Towers are available for order, however for older mills it is best to call to confirm availability if you are looking to order.
New windwheels are also available to be fitted to an old windmill tower if your previous wheel is beyond repair, or even if you are looking to dismantle the pumping mechanisms and just have a garden windmill for aesthetic purposes.
For more than one hundred years, Southern Cross have been designing and manufacturing windmills for Australian families, built right here in Australia.
With the backing of more than 100 years of successful windmill design and Australian innovation, all Southern Cross Windmills have a 30+ year design life and require very little maintenance.
All exposed parts on a Southern Cross Windmill, from blade to floor, are hot dip galvanised, and come with a 3-year warranty.
Southern Cross Windmills pride ourselves on the quality and integrity of our product. We specialise in the manufacture, installation and service of industry leading windmills around the country and across the globe.
All of our windmills are designed and engineered in-house, and are durable enough to survive in the harshest of Australian climates, rain, hail or shine.
Authentic windmill parts for sale 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 for sale upon request.
The very first windmill with the words “Southern Cross” proudly printed on the tail came off the Toowoomba Factory Line in 1903, and since then, more than 250,000 windmills have been produced for thousands of customers across Australia and around the globe.
The sheer number of these windmills produced, paired with highly talented engineering and design teams along the way, meant that constant improvements were able to be made to the functionality and design of these windmills, resulting in the IZ models available today.
Unlike another Aussie classic – the lamington – Southern Cross Windmills origins in Toowoomba are not up for debate, however, both have certainly gone on to become recognisable Australian icons.
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.
The above windmill – pictured at its new residence at the Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society – was originally installed on a farm in Mendooran in 1924.
The windmill is now used purely for display purposes – donated by the Payne family – however it pumped without fail for 73 years, and even with no pump attached, continues to spin freely to the wind, delighting children, parents and fans of history alike.
Closing in on its 100th birthday, at the most recent service, all this 7.3m windwheel required was some oil in order to keep it in working condition. This Mendooran windmill is a testament to the longevity and reliability of a Southern Cross Windmill.
Wondering what models of Southern Cross Windmill are currently available? Have a question about a windmill for sale?
Southern Cross Windmills can help you meet your specific water harvesting needs.
Call us on (07) 4612 7202, and speak to a real Southern Cross person today for an obligation free quote.