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
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.