Windpumps of Southern Africa


Aermotors were first manufactured by the Aermotor Company of Chicago, Illinois in 1888. They were distributed in South Africa by Lloyds and Company of Burg Street, Cape Town.

In an advertisement in 1913 it was stated: “Wherever you go you see them, whenever you see them they go”.

After the second world war Andrag and Sons manufactured and distributed 8ft Aermotors until 1973.

They were also distributed by Poynton Bros of Pretoria.

Self-oiling models were introduced in 1915.


Aermotor. Photographed on farm Steenboksfontein between Merweville and Koup station

Aermotor in Tsaris mountains between Sossosvlei and Helmeringhausen in Namibia.

 Aermotor photographed in Merweville.  Aermotor near Durbanville on Klipheuwel road. (taken down in 2010)  Aermotor near Alexandria distributed by Lloyds of Cape Town.
 Aermotor near Nauchas in Namibia.  Aermotor near Nieuw Bethesda  Aermotor next to the fossil museum in Nieuw Bethesda  Aermotor on farm Losberg 1 near Beaufort West  Aermotor ladder a distinguishing feature.
Aermotor on farm Poortjie district Vosburg. Aermotor photographed in Niekerkshoop. Distributed from Bloemfontein. Aermotor photographed on the West Coast road. Aermotor photographed on farm Brandfontein district Loxton. Aermotor on farm Jakkalsdans district Loxton.
Aermotor behind Dutch Reformed church La Rochelle in Bellville. Aermotor at Three Susters. Aermotor in dam on farm Meerlust district Stellenbosch. Aermotor next to Kuilsrivier golfcourse.  Aermotor photographed in Loeriesfontein.
Aermotors on Blackstone farm between Victoria West and Vosburg.  Aermotor photographed in Carnavon. Note different pattern on vane.  Aermotor in Carnavon. Vane a different colour.  Aermotor photographed near Graafwater.  Aermotor photographed between Klipdale and Napier.
Aermotor  on farm Bovlei on the road between Willowmore and Rietbron. Note the Gearing stand.  Aermotor just outside Nieuwoudtville  Aermotor on farm Papkuilsfontein near Nieuwoudtville  Aermotor on farm Papkuilsfontein near B&B district Nieuwoudtville  Aermotor between Grunau and Karasburg Namibia