HISTORY OF WINDPUMPS: The first records found of a windpump in South Africa, is from a painting drawn in 1848. Records were found of windpumps as from 1869 and the first import was in 1874. These were wooden constructions. The first all steel windpump was patented in 1855 in England. Info ART: Waterpaint Waterpaint on Bockingford 300 gsm paper.