~ Under the Southern Cross ~

Leeo

Joined June 2007

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The Second image in my Aussie Icon’s series.

Photographed at Milang on the edge of Lake Albert, Fleurieu Penninsula, South Australia.

I have merged two very Australian Images together here ….The Southern Cross Windmill & good old fashioned ‘galvo’ ….Galvonised iron from an old shed with peeling paint : )

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Info on the History of Windmills in Australia

Southern Cross:
In 1876 the Griffiths Bros. & Co were credited with making the first windmills in Australia at their Toowooba Factory. Their design was based on a windmill imported from America. Their windmills became known as the “Griffiths” Mills. In 1903 They sold their first commercial windmill under the trade name the “Southern Cross”. The Southern Cross windmills was simple, robust and relatively cheap. They were 8ft high and made from galvanised steel. The Southern Cross became the best known and sold windmill in Australian history and is now an Australian icon. As steam power developed in the 18th century the need for wind operated mills declined. Today, wind power has gained popularity due to the increasing use of wind turbines for electricity. Windmills are still the cheapest and most reliable pumping machine invented."

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