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Windmill is Truly an Australian Family Business

Web Orders - Monday, November 07, 2016

When I was eight years old I arrived home from school to find the lounge room full of beautiful handmade wooden toys, a doll house, a rocker, a rocking horse, a little stove and a small wooden table and chairs. But alas they were not for us children to play with!

My father had decided to start a toy shop as he saw a need for supplying quality toys in Australia.


We sat in the kitchen thinking up names “Lighthouse? What about Windmill?” someone said. Soon the whole family, mum, dad and us three girls were moving in behind the shop. Mum and dad worked in the shop while we helped look after our baby sister Nikki.


Next year will be Windmill’s 40th Anniversary. Windmill now has shops in Launceston, Hobart, Adelaide and the original branch at 591 Whitehorse Rd, Mont Albert in Melbourne.


I was not to know that when my father decided to start the shop it would impact my life forty years later. My parents are now semi-retired but still going strong. Nowadays, my sisters and I are all involved with the running of the business and Windmill plays a role in supporting our own children.

For the last four decades, Windmill has provided high quality educational toys Australia wide, including the Royal Children’s Hospital and other recognized and prestigious institutions as loyal customers.




Above L-R: Fran, Nikki and Josephine Richards

Written by Josephine Richards, director.

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