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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

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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

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Wagon

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

4 wheeled mostly wooden wagon with rear wheels of larger diameter than front. Painted white, red and tan with some pin striping on wheels. Multiple leaf springs, 2 rear sets in double configuration. Metal and timber overhead framework for a canopy. Wooden seats along each side.

Inscriptions & Markings

No inscriptions and markings.

Motor Mower

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

"Victa" 2-stroke lawn mower with rope start. Coloured green with plastic and rubber wheels. Height adjustment on each wheel. Early model with circular base, snorkel air intake and two blades.

Significance

Early model VICTA lawn mower.

Inscriptions & Markings

Aluminium plate on front "VICTA" in silver on red background.

Fridge

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Electric fridge with rounded corners, made of cream enamelled steel. One compartment with lever-type handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

Contractor's sticker on RHS for 'POLMEAR PLUMBING' . Serial No 4454

Photograph - Engine on Dray

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Photograph of four men on dray pulled by two dark coloured horses. There a buildings which appear to be in Castlemaine Near Frederick Street. There are two engines on the back of the dray.

Bandsaw

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Large belt driven bandsaw with wooden frame. Metal upper and lower driving wheels for bandsaw. Upper brass and lower cast iron. Wooden work table and saw guard. In poor working order and blade not fitted.

French Curves

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1) Wooden box with hinged lid. 22 wooden and 3 plastic flat curved patterns loose in the box. Several are numbered. .2) 3 clear plastic curves in a pouch. Made in Italy. .3) 3 clear plastic curves in a pouch. Made in Italy. .3 .....31) Plastic curves. French curves are used in a drawing office to draw a smooth best fit line through a number of points.

Inscriptions & Markings

.25) "42 / Engineering / TB5" etched into plastic. .2 & .2) Pouches marked "LONGO Made in Italy" in gold.

Photograph - Skew Bridge Beam on Dray

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Photograph containing a large steel beam on a long dray with gentleman sitting on top of the beam. Several horses are in front of the dray and power pole in the background

Inscriptions & Markings

Thompson & Co Makers Castlemaine

Drafting Sets

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Seven boxed drafting sets containing compasses, pens and dividers. Padded lids, interiors lined with velvet, blue, black or green. .1) Belonged to Peter Fraser. .2) Belonged to Ian Hooper. .6) Belonged to Noel Cawthorn.

Inscriptions & Markings

.6 & .7) Embossed on lids "Eco O Bra / Kandidat". .1) "Koala / Series / Made in Australia".

Chainsaw

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Early model Stihl chainsaw with a gravity fed swivel carburetor. Painted grey and black, rear shield unpainted aluminium. Red plate fixed to side with name and specifications.

Inscriptions & Markings

On red plate Sthil logo, "A. Sthil, Maschinenfabrik /Waiblingen Neustadt / Type BL Motor Nr 55101 / Leistung 5.5 PS Nrehzahl 4000 / Nubraum 125 ccm Daujahr F / Zur Schmierung verwonde man Markenole wia / Motor Mobiloil TT / Mischungsvethaltnis 1:20 / Getriebe. Mobilube C140"

Kerosene Engine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single horizontal cylinder kerosene engine in working order. Mounted in a 4 wheeled steel chassis. Galvanised iron fuel tank mounted under engine. Water jacketed exhaust stack behind engine. Painted blue and red.

Inscriptions & Markings

On oval brass plate "Austral Kerosene Engine / Manufactured by / Ronaldson Tippett / Propy. Ltd. / Quote No. 7943"

Washing Machine - -

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Ivory enamel top loader with aluminium removable lid. Plate on back with makers details. Hand slots each side for ease of moving. Powered by electricity.

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Coat-of-arms "By appointment to Her Majesty/ Suction Sweepers"

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"

Telephone

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Black bakelite telephone with handpiece attached by a chord. Front dial has a central handle that can be turned to contact central switchboard. No direct dial facility. Sits on rubber feet.

Inscriptions & Markings

On base marked in white "PMG / TE55 338HT / S1/60"

Petrol Engine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single cylinder horizontal petrol engine mounted on a 4 wheeled trolley. Two flywheels, one either side, no pulley. Galvanised cylindrical fuel tank mounted on a wooden box in front. Box contains a battery and ignition coil. Trolley has cast iron wheels and is designed for pulling by hand. Painted red and grey. Probably a power source for farm machinery.

Inscriptions & Markings

On a brass plate fixed to the cylinder. "Waterloo Boy Gasoline Engine / No. 81491, HP 4 / Waterloo Gasoline Engine Co. / Waterloo Iowa / Patented / August 7 1900, Dec 3 1901, Oct 7 1907 / Other patents pending / Sold by Waterloo Gasoline Engine Co." On each side of the water tank is an oval white transfer with "Waterloo Boy" above an illustration of a small boy wearing a wide brimmed hat.

Pump - Semi Rotary

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Manual lever action semi-rotary pump. In line suction and discharge branches. Painted silver.

Inscriptions & Markings

In relief on front of casing "No 4" at top, "Runwell" at bottom.

Programmable Calculator

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Hewlett Packard early model programmable calculator. Dark brown and cream metal casing. 5 banks of keys coloured brown and orange. Instruction sheet on lift up flap RH side top. 2 removable program cartridges, one pre-programmed, the other user programmable. Carry handle on front.

Inscriptions & Markings

Model No." 9820A", Serial No. "1144A00851"

Wool Winder

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1&2) Red & cream plastic wool winder with grey wool holders & chromed metal thread guide. .3) White cardboard box with image on lid. .4) Instruction sheet.

Inscriptions & Markings

On box lid printed in red - Wool Winder. On silver stickers on winder printed in blue a logo and "Royal Made in Japan"

Steam Engine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Large 4 wheeled single cylinder (horizontal) steam engine designed to be towed. Fire box painted black, boiler and steam cylinder green, wheels red. Boiler is not sound so 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. Brass water drain tap on firebox. Also other brass fittings on firebox.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cast brass disc with red background fixed high on firebox :- "Marshal Sons & Co. / Made expressly / to the order / Shut, No. 45781, Open / of / Robison Bros / South Melbourne." "10017" raised in relief on firebox door.

KOOLGARDIE SAFE

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Cream painted wooden safe with separate compartment at top which has a drop-down door and latch. Metal fly-wire on three sides, including door. Wooden legs.

Historical information

Koolgardie safes were used to preserve perishable foodstuffs eg dairy and meat in the days or places where refrigeration was unknown or not available.

Inscriptions & Markings

none

Circular Slide Rule Calculator

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1) Hinged lid wooden box with brass fittings and green felt covered rests inside. .2) "Fuller" type circular slide rule calculator Model No. 1. .3) Brass stand which slots into one end of box and holds calculator in position for ease of use. .4 ...7) Instruction booklets for operating the calculator. .8) Letter from importer re enquiry for circular slide rules to be used at Thompsons Engineering and Pipe Works.

Inscriptions & Markings

Imprinted on bakelite base of cylinder "Stanley / Trade Mark".

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.

Blower - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Centrifugal blower direct coupled to an electric motor. Painted dark blue with an anti-clockwise direction arrow picked out in white on the front.

Inscriptions & Markings

Operating details - speed range 2850 - 3500 RPM. Working pressure range 14 - 25 PSI? Working voltage 210 - 350 volts. Dawn No. 2F.

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.

Fridge

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single compartment fridge made of steel, enamelled in cream. Top has rounded corners. Manufacturer's badge on front of door. Lever-type handle made of chrome with chrome hinges.

Inscriptions & Markings

TASMA

Invalid Car

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Battery powered invalid tricycle. Black body-work, wire spoked wheels, 2 small headlights. Appears to be built to accommodate a reclining figure. Contains 2 crimson corduroy cushions, one solid seat cushion filled with Dunlopillo, the other a rectangular back-rest cushion filled with latex foam rubber. Original seat cushion had sage green top with blue/white striped mattress ticking sides & back. Original back support cushion had a cloth label - see below.

Inscriptions & Markings

On an aluminium plate on top of the electric motor :- "Chassis No. 2067, Type EC2, 24-36 volts / RPM 2700 Serial No. 2161". On back cushion: "TEX Foam / Yours for restful sleep / Contents / New Latex Foam / Made by TEXFOAM PTY LTD. Mordialloc. Victoria"

Drawing Set, Pouched

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1) Pair of compasses, makers mark on one arm. .2) Pen holder. .3) Rectangular container for spare parts. .4) Blue plastic pouch with transparent front panel.

Inscriptions & Markings

.4) On base of pouch printed in white "Staedtler / Mars / 551 40WP Germany". On flap of pouch imprinted "Western Germany".

Pump - Semi Rotary

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Manual lever action semi-rotary pump. In line suction and discharge branches. Painted green.

Inscriptions & Markings

In relief on front of casing "No 2" at top, "Runwell" at bottom.

Motor Mower

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

OGDEN early model cylindrical lawn mower. Small back roller, no catcher, rope start. Small gold painted petrol tank mounted between handles for gravity feed. Belt driven cylinder blades, aluminium engine cowl, rubber rimmed wheels, engine control on RHS handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

"OGDEN" painted on engine cowl.

Spinning Wheel

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1 to 3) Wooden Sheridan double band spinning wheel. McArthur model. .4 ) Lazy Kate. .5) to 8) 4 bobbins.

Inscriptions & Markings

Makers plate on main strut.

Instruction Manual

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Paper covered instruction book for the Pump Department of Thompsons Engineering & Pipe Co. Ltd.. Printed in black ink. Handwritten notes inside front cover. Bound with tin bats.

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.

Booklets - .1) Gravel Pumps. .2) Chokeless Pumps.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Two paper covered booklets with b & w photographs of pumps made by Thompsons Castlemaine. .1) Contains performance and dimension details with some hand written details. .2) Details of specialised pump for unstrained juices in cane sugar mills.

Model Truck

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

"Tarrengower Times" model truck registration plate TLJ 10. Flat tray, spoked wheels with pneumatic tyres, leaf springs front and rear, leather upholstery. "Century" battery behind cabin with" Century" in black on gold. Painted maroon with gold trim, gold painted headlights and radiator frame.

Inscriptions & Markings

On driver's door in gold lettering "The / Tarrengower / Times /High St. / Maldon / Est. 1858" Logo on oval plate at top of radiator.

Condenser Air Pump

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Vertical cylinder reciprocating condenser air pump with two 107 cm diameter flywheels (one on each end of crankshaft). The operating cylinder at at top of the machine has a centrifugal governor. Access ladder to platform at front. Painted black and red.

Inscriptions & Markings

On cylinder head "63"

Pump - Semi Rotary

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Manual lever action semi-rotary pump. In line suction and discharge branches. Painted red with black handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

In relief on front of casing "No 5" at top, "Simac" at bottom.

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"

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.

Pump - Mixed Flow

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Two stage vertical mixed flow pump with part of casing cut away to reveal interior. Painted black with edges of cut away in red.

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.

Guillotine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Free standing large guillotine operated by a hand lever, patented 14-12-1909. Melbourne agents S. Cooke Proprietary Limited. Large hand wheel on top small one in front under plate, etched with parallel lines and ruler (brass) in inches. Made of metal, painted black.

Inscriptions & Markings

In relief on side, "2310". Plates on front with agents and makers details.

Strip Casting Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

ELROD strip casting machine not in working order.

Inscriptions & Markings

'MACHINE NO. F2713E ' etched on brass plate. Instruction plate on top surface.

Book - The Iron Road to Castlemaine and Sandhurst

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Newspaper observations on building the Murray River Railway

Inscriptions & Markings

Compiled by the Friends of Mount Alexander Diggings (FOMAD) to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Opening of the Melbourne to Bendigo Railway Line

Motor Mower

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Cylindrical lawn mower with grass catcher. Green painted catcher and engine cover, orange petrol tank and handles. Pull start with engine control on RHS handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name prominantly printed on front of catcher "Qualcast / four stroke / Super 12". Sticker on engine "Stowmarket, SIP (in a red diamond background) Suffolk / Engine type 75G14 Model No. 25A / Made in Englsnd / Recommended Lubricants" followed by a table of lubricant makers and oil specification.

Horse Drawn Dray

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single horse drawn dray (non-tipping) made of timber with metal fittings and wheel rims. Open all round with uprights spaced along the tray. Rail at the top of the uprights. Painted dark brown with unpainted tray boards.

Inscriptions & Markings

No inscriptions or markings.

Molten Metal Ladle Tipper

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Device for tipping molten metal ladles. In use it would be suspended from a crane. Unpainted in a lightly rusty condition

Inscriptions & Markings

Makers name (EBELING) cast on an oval brass plate.

Motor Mower

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Green painted cylindrical lawn mower with rear roller, pull start and no catcher. Regal coat of arms on front housing signifying maker is official motor mower supplier to the Queen. Rectangular petrol tank mounted between the handles above the engine. Small wooden roller in two parts on front. Pale grey plastic cover on starter mechanism. Height adjustment on front roller. Engine controls on right handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

Possibly "Eureka" model.

Motorbike

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Two cylinder shaft drive motorbike with pillion seat on back mudguard. Restored for use in the movie "Romulus my Father". Spedometer in chromed headlight housing. Springing for front and back wheels, kick start. Black leather seat, black kneepads on petrol tank, bronze / gold petrol tank and mudguards, wire spoked wheels.

Historical information

Restored for use in the movie "Romulus my Father".

Inscriptions & Markings

On petrol tank, circular yellow enameled badge with a crown at top, central sun motif with rays and "Sunbeam" at bottom.

Photograph - Engines In front of Auntie Jack Shed Circa 2006

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Digital Photograph of Auntie Jack shed at the Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum on Vincents Road, Maldon. Engines L-R: Portable shearing plant, Marshall Engine "Auntie Jack", Ferguson Tractor, Blue Engine (Unknown brand at time of upload)

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"

Pressure Testing Pump

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Hand operated pressure pump with water reservoir. High and low pressure hoses. Low pressure for filling reservoir, high pressure reinforced hose for delivering water to item to be pressurised. Brass fittings. Reservoir painted pale green and operating handle yellow & red.