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Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc Maldon, Victoria

The Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum houses a wonderful display of vintage machinery from the region and further afield, including agricultural, pastoral, forestry, mining, printing, industrial and fire-fighting equipment.

Contact Information

location
PO Box 2 Maldon VIC 3463
phone
+61 03 5472 2202

Opening Hours

The building is staffed by volunteers, and aims to be open Wednesdays from 11.00 to 3.00 and Saturdays from 10.00 to 4.00, and some Public Holidays. Please note that the Museum will NOT open when the North Central Fire Danger Ratings District has ratings of Code Red (Catastrophic) or Extreme. See the Fire Danger Ratings map at http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/

Location

Vincents Road Maldon Victoria

A showcase of Local Machinery that forged the goldfields, the farms and the everyday life in throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. this collection includes the first steam operated electric plant developed for Thompson's Foundry, Castlemaine along with many and varied historic machines

Significance

currently working on a National Significance assessment

167 items

Presentation Cup

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Guilded presentation cup mounted on a moulded bakelite base. No details of presentation.

Inscriptions & Markings

None.

Printing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Electrically driven platen machine. Used by Gordon & Gotch Publishers Australia & New Zealand. Metal with wooden tray for printed sheets. Automatic paper feed pickup.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plate naming it as "Auto Platen Machine" British patent No's 463542, 463617, 480587, 490661, 512459, 513892, 413818. Plate on side "John Key / Engineers / Kircaldy.

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Pump set comprising a pump and electric motor mounted on a baseplate. The pump set is painted grey. The pump is a single stage end suction Thompson class G with 6" suction and discharge branches.

Inscriptions & Markings

On Pump "Thompaons / Castlemaine 6" "I388" On Motor's brass plate - Brown Boveri Co Ltd / Baden Swizerland / BHP 2 / Volts 200 / Amps 13.5 / RPM 1500

Furniture Storage Shelf

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Wooden furniture storage shelf with sloping front. Seven wooden shelves, each divided vertically into compartments of various widths, 6 to a shelf. "Furniture" is used to set spaces between sections of print.

Drawing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

"Ray & Gilbert" articulated arm type manual drawing machine as used in a drawing office. Fitted with "W & G" scale rulers. Rulers are plastic coated timber. Black arms and handle, white rulers. Mounted on a wooden drawing board.. .4) Metal adjusting spanner.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) At mounting pivot point of drawing machine "Ray & Gilbert / Drafting Machine / Serial No. ? / Melbourne. Aust." .2) Scale rule "W & G E 18". .3) Scale rule "W & G E 12". .4) No inscriptions.

Sewing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Treadle sewing machine with metal base, wooden table and leather drive belt. The base plate is decorated with a rural scene featuring a 3 storey house, male & female figures in Victorian dress, horse and buggy painted in colour.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name printed on arm of machine, hard to decipher - appears to be "New Home Treadle Serial No 404879"

Type Cabinet

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Green Painted metal cabinet with rows of shelves for holding set type, Bill Head size. Rows are marked across the top with left-to-right letters E F G H. Strip of wood inserted down LHS numbered from top 1 - 25.

Petrol Pump

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Tall free standing petrol pump with glass tank at top displaying amount of petrol pumped up. This is then gravity fed via a hose into a vehicle's petrol tank. Yellow painted with Shell Petrol Co. logo and advertising in red on front and sides and on round illuminated sign at top. Selection lever on front with gallon options 1/2 to 6. Hand pumping lever on RHS.

STAPLER

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Floor standing, foot operated stapler, painted green.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on small metal plate on front of mechanism "MULTINAK"

Programmable Calculator

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1) Hewlett Packard programmable calculator model HP9100A. Cream coloured metal housing. Four segment keyboard with keys coloured grey, cream and fawn. .2) Selection of 10 diagnostic cards for above in a plastic case with a clear plastic hinged push back lid.

Historical information

First programmable calculator used by Thompsons Castlemaine Ltd.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Serial number on rear plate "816-00508". .2) Cards part number 5060-5919.

Statuette

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1) Heritage award,bronze male figure of a stonemason standing behind a slab of stone engraved, "Mt. Alexander Branch of National Trust Heritage Award for Excellence" presented to "Thompsons Foundry Drawing Office Interest Group". .2) Framed citation explaining the award. Black plastic frame, glass front, featuring an historic photo of Thompsons drawing office.

LINO TYPE MACHINE

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Lino-type casting machine with furnace for casting lead plates. Makes type used in printing. Motor made by Crompton Patison. Keyboard to select letters to be cast.

Historical information

This item was used at "The Tarrengower Times" Maldon, Vic by Ron ADAMS

Inscriptions & Markings

MODEL 78 No 17175

Drill Press

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Floor Mounted drill press. Belt driven by an electric motor.

Inscriptions & Markings

Enameled on a plate on the LHS name in green over a red anchor on a white ground "THIEL".

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Painted dark grey early model Thompson centrifugal pump "Class G". Single stage pump.

Inscriptions & Markings

Thompson's Engineering & Pipe Works. Serial No. 4542. 1" x 1 1/4" Class G

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single stage double suction pump with side suction and discharge branches. 300 mm suction branch, 250 mm discharge branch, 500 mm impeller. Painted yellow with name and direction arrow picked out in black. Top half of casing fixed in an open position (hinged) to reveal the pump's interior. Mounted on a wooden pallet.

Inscriptions & Markings

In relief on the top half of the casing "Super Titan" and a direction arrow.

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single stage double suction centrifugal pump painted dark green and mounted on a wooden pallet. Top half of split casing fixed in open (hinged) position to reveal interior.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass name plate with serial number - 20384, size - 1 1/2", pump class - C.

Booklet

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Paper covered booklet illustrated with photographs in black and white listing Thompsons Engineering & Pipe Co. Ltd.'s work sites and offices in Australia and New Zealand and containing examples of types of equipment produced by the company.

Motor Mower

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Atco cylinder mower with catcher and rollers. Large metal back roller, wooden small front roller. Foot operated starting mechanism. British coat of arms on catcher featuring lion and unicorn signifying royal appointment of mower manufacturer Mower painted green with green cylindrical petrol tank mounted above the engine between the handles. Engine controls on right side of handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

Makers name on catcher and petrol tank in gold paint.

Document

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Signatures of Attendees on 8th August 2015 Presentation Ceremony of the Official Heritage Marker at the Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum in recognition of the importance of Thompson's Foundry to the History of Australia

Tip Dray

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single horse drawn tip dray, restored by G & S Little in 1999. Made of timber with metal fittings and wheel rims. Enclosed sides with hinged front and rear panels. Chassis and wheels painted dark red, body in dark blue.

Historical information

Used for carting rock to crushing batteries, road making, railway track building.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rectangular brass plaque on LHS looking forward detailing restoration and possible usage.

Motor Mower

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Rotary mower made by "MASPORT", orange with yellow and white engine housing. 4 rubber tyred plastic wheels, 2 large on back & 2 small on front. Pull start, single bar rotary cutter. Chrome plated folding handle with white plastic horizontal cover at top. Hinged safety flap at rear.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cast into base "M MASPORT". The M has a circle around it.

Type Storage Cabinet

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Made of timber with 20 drawers, each with a metal handle bearing manufacturers name.

Sewing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Hand operated sewing machine. Early model with bullet shaped bobbin. In working order. Painted matt black.

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial number on plate P022565

Pens, Boxed

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Set of 4 German made drawing pens and 3 attachments in a green plastic box with hinged clear plastic lid and white insert to hold items separately. In original white and green cardboard box.

Inscriptions & Markings

On box "S 1184 / 4N"

Fridge - -

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Cream enamel fridge with large chrome handle. Small, box-like freezer compartment inside.

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial number on plate "500-2185". On front of freezer box, "BEAUTY POWER STAMINA PRESIDENT" in a circle with image of an eagle in centre of lettering.

Digital Plotter

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Computer controlled digital plotter, A3 paper size with 6 pens of various colours. Beige plastic case with clear tinted hinged cover over pen compartment.

Inscriptions & Markings

Makers name "digital" on front panel. Stick on label on back panel with cautions and warnings. Also Model LVP16, SN: HY 01106.

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Centrifugal pump mustard paint colour, sectioned to reveal interior for display purposes. Cut edges outlined in red. Single stage pump.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class KL ISO, Pump No 039-366, size 80x50x200, AKP 2127/H.

Pump - Centrifugal & Catalogue

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

60.1 & 2 Single stage end suction top discharge chemical pumps as used in refineries. Oil lubricated and fitted with a mechanical seal. 1 1/2" suction branch, 1" discharge branch. Painted grey. 60.2 DURCO ANSI Pumps catalogue.

Inscriptions & Markings

1K 1.5 x 1 - 8. Label on side of bearing housing "3 ANSI"

Telephone

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Black bakelite wall mounted dial type telephone. Removable metal base for access and mounting. Chrome circular dial.

Inscriptions & Markings

No markings, probably PMG issue.

Steam Engine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Large 4 wheeled 9 HP single cylinder (horizontal) steam engine, designed to be towed. Front wheels smaller than rear. Folding smoke stack with spark arrestor. Fire box and smoke stack painted black, boiler and steam cylinder green, wheels grey. In working order but engine is connected to an independent steam/air source to be operated for display purposes. 150 cm flywheel on LHS looking forward toward the front. Timber front turntable and back brake pad assembly. Brass water drain tap on firebox. Also other brass fittings on firebox.

Historical information

Restored by Maldon Flywheelers Association. Originally owned and used by Zemster Brothers of "Brook Mount" Shellbourne.

Significance

Known as "Aunty Jack"

Inscriptions & Markings

On brass ring near top of firebox:- "Serial No. 5672, Marshal Sons & Co. / Limited / Engineers / Gainsborough England". Metal plate on front turntable:- "Restoration of the Front Undercarriage / and retubing of the boiler by / Castlemaine Technical School / 1979". Cast in relief on wheel hubs:- "Marshal Sons & Co. Gainsborough".