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Southern Cross “Hit and Miss”


Southern Cross Engine  “Hit and Miss” Owner Bob & Marion Jensen  – In the Photo Wayne Jensen and Ken Whitaker (Hairy one) This photo was taken at one of our regular ‘Engine running days

This engine was manufactured in Australia in the 1950’s. .  It is one of the last ‘Hit and Miss’ models. This type of engine was mainly used for pumping water from bores and wells.   The engine spent it’s working life in the Westwood area on a property called ‘Sebastopol’. Previously owned by the Lawrie Family. It was purchased by Bob Jensen (not in photo) in March 95 and then restored.

Typically used as an economical method of pumping water out of wells and bores and then for long distances overland.   A very reliable unit. Engine no 4568.







I have always had a wonderful memory. when I say “wonderful memory” what I really mean is that I rarely if ever recall horrible things like the weather. I never recall cold or frosty mornings, or even 24 hours of anything dull or boring that might have happened before or after a memorable event, the happy result being all my life's memories are wonderful. Peculiar as it may sound to anyone who might be reading this, I have absolutely marvelous memories that range from breaking one or more of my bones to hanging upside down from an upper branch of an Oak tree with my ankle wedged between two branches. I have heard stories about people that have totally removed from their recollection painful events that had previously occurred in their life. I can believe this because at this precise moment I can recall nothing that was not absolutely wonderful. If by chance I have ever blocked out anything painful I would consider this possibility to be just another wonderful thing. I intend to Blog about my friends and memories on these pages.

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