Date Of Origin Competition Winning Entry

Congratulations to Fiona Hewitson who sumitted the winning entry into the Date Of Origin Facebook Compeition - with a pump that was produced in 1971!

History of the winning pump

In the early seventies, much of the rural land around One Tree Hill, a town on the outskirts of Adelaide, South Australia, was subdivided into 10 acre blocks.  As a condition of subdividing the land into smaller blocks each developer had to establish their own Water Scheme to supply each block with water for stock & domestic usage. One of these Water Schemes was the Tyeka Water Scheme, created by the land owner Mr David Harvey, who subdivided and developed this area into 10 acre blocks including the creation of a new road, called Tyeka Drive. David Harvey purchased a three pump Grundfos booster system in 1973 from R. G. Pank Pty. Ltd *of 230 Franklin St. Adelaide, and Mr Arnold Paine (an employee of David Harvey) built the pump shed and installed and managed the system at Tyeka Drive, One Tree Hill. He went on to become a Grundfos Dealer, and installed bore pumps throughout the One Tree Hill area.

The management of the Water Scheme was passed on to his daughter and son-in-law (Chris and Bruce Hewitson) in the mid 1980’s. Chris and Bruce operated a business called H D Pump Service, also an Authorised Grundfos Dealer. The couple managed the scheme and the Grundfos booster system until it’s decommissioning in 2009, when mains water was provided to One Tree Hill.

That’s an amazing 33 years of service from these vertical multistage pumps and the Paine Family!

*Before the official founding of Grundfos Pumps Australia in 1980, Grundfos pumps were imported into Australia by Mr. Ray Pank, who’s company, R. G. Pank Pty Ltd, was awarded the agency agreement as the sole distributor of Grundfos product in Australia in 1965


A second bore was drilled and equipped in 1974, once again the pump was supplied by RG Pank  Pty. Ltd. This pump, a Grundfos SP10-25, is still supplying water to Chris and Bruce today some 46 years later. In over the 46 years the motor has been replaced twice and the pump has been serviced once (for a wear kit and new shaft). From the late 1980s, when the original bore failed, till the scheme was shut down, the submersible pump would operate 23 hours a day for approximately 4 months of the year and at a minimum of 4-6 hours a day for the rest of the year.

Grundfos Pumps Australia would like to congratulate once again and thank the Hewitson family, for sharing the history of their Grundfos Pumps with us!