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Biographical entry Griffiths, John Alfred (1848 - 1933)

26 January 1848
Bethnal Green, England
30 March 1933
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Engineer and Patent officer


John Griffiths was cited in the 1911 Encyclopaedia Brittanica as a world authority on windmill design. His firm, Griffiths Bros and Co., built some of the earliest windmills in Toowoomba, Queensland, selling the first Southern Cross model in 1903. The Southern Cross brand name was later extended to well-boring machines and associated equipment.


Born London, England, 26 January 1848. Died Brisbane 30 March 1933. Educated Royal School of Mines 1865-68 (Associate R.S.M. 1873) and Owens College Manchester (Whitworth Scholar 1870). Civil engineering, Gregson, Brown & Son, Middleton, U.K., 1868-71; London & N.W. Railways 1872; Western Australian Railways 1873-74; Toowoomba Foundry, Queensland, 1874-76; Queensland Railways 1876-78; Western Australian Railways 1878-79; assistant lecturer in engineering, Owens College Manchester 1880; B.Sc., Owens College, 1882; Engineer, Waste Water Meter Co., Liverpool, U.K., 1881-85; cycle manufacturer, Coventry, U.K., 1885-87; Assistant Engineer Normanton-Croydon Railway, Queensland, 1887-91; Engineer, Charters Towers, Queensland, 1892-93; Electricity Department, Penrith, N.S.W., 1894-95; Hydraulic Survey, Queensland, 1895-1900; Examiner of patents, Queensland, 1900-04; Commonwealth Patent Office, 1904-?

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McCarthy, G.J.