Alston windmill model made by Mr. R. J. Crooke when apprenticed to James Alston 1907-12. The windmill has 18 sails and the scale of the model is uncertain. The full scale windmill was manufactured by James Alston, South Melbourne, Victoria from 1903.
His patented pattern saw an improvement with the addition of a double-crank geared action (Victorian patent v20208 Feb. 9, 1903.) Single crank actions on earlier windmills had long proved unsatisfactory. The double-crank action reduced strain and wear on the pump rod lifting pin, and overcame the problem.
The model by Crooke was exhibited at many royal agricultural shows during the early part of this century.

Physical Description

Model of a windmill attached to a green stand containing a water tower.

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