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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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167 items

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.

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single stage end suction pump with part of casing cut away to reveal interior. Exterior painted grey, interior blue with edges of cut away in red. Bolted to a metal edged, white painted wooden base. Suction branch 100mm, discharge branch 65mm, impeller diameter 250mm.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Titan" in relief on side.

Horizontal Oil Engine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Austral 8 HP oil engine on 4 wheeled steel chassis with wrought iron wheels. Two double flywheels and flat belt pulley. Water cooled exhaust system at the crank end of the engine. Galvanised iron fuel tank slung under the engine. Painted green and black with red wheels.

Inscriptions & Markings

On an oval brass plate on the side of the engine :- "The Austral Oil Engine / Ronaldson Bros / Makers / No 663 / & Tippett / Ballarat Victoria"

Horizontal Oil Engine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Horizontal cylinder oil engine in working order. Mounted on a steel chassis with 4 cast iron wheels. Two flywheels and one flat belt pulley. Cylindrical cooling water tank and exhaust vertical exhaust pipe mounted at crankshaft end. Engine painted green with red wheels and red crankshaft balance weights.

Inscriptions & Markings

Oval brass plate on cylinder - "The Austral Oil Engine / Ronaldson Bros. / Makers / No. 1113 ? & Tippett / Ballarat Victoria" Thin oval metal transfer on cooling water tank with makers name and place of manufacture around Australian coat of arms.

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

Single stage self priming centrifugal pump with part of casing cut away to reveal interior. 1 1/2" suction and discharge branches. Painted metallic blue.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cast in relief on front "KL / Pegson"

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.

Newsletter - The Cog Issue 2 - September 2017

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Slide Rules

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1 to .4)Two SAA Conversion Slides supplied by Standards Association of Australia for converting imperial measurements to metric. .5) Plastic sleeve. .6) instruction leaflet.

Booklets - .1) Centrifugal Pumps / Class "G". .2) Centrifugal Pumps Class "D".

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Two paper covered booklets detailing centrifugal pumps, printed in b & w with photographs. Describing items made by Thompsons Engineering Co.. Stapled.

Presentation Cup

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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

Inscriptions & Markings

None.

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single stage, end suction centrifugal pump cut away to reveal interior for display purposes. Painted yellow externally, green internally and red on edges of cut away. Mounted on a wooden pallet.

Significance

Part of the evolution of Kelly & Lewis pumps.

Inscriptions & Markings

On top plate - "Kelly & Lewis Pumps / Division of Mather & Platt Pty. Ltd. / Made in Australia". K & L Model 70 Pump size 2 1/4" - 9, Serial No. AC7232.

Photograph - Thompsons Machine Room Circa 1910

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Newsletter - The Cog Issue 1

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Blue Prints

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Black plastic loose leaf book of blueprints of pump performance curves. Spine is reinforced with green plastic tape.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Thompsons Engineering / & Pipe Works / Castlemaine Victoria" in gold lettering on front cover.

Clock

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Battery operated clock with a highly lacquered face with an image of half of a split casing pump casing. The image is in blue and black on a white ground centred on a circular wooden clock face. Numbers are imitation chrome plastic covered with lacquer. The second hand is red. The backing board is rectangular. The operating mechanism is centred in a housing on the back.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maker's name ("Chris Shaw") on a gold sticker at the bottom centre of the back.

Treadle Lathe

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Treadle lath for metal turning. Some brass accessories for metal working are laid out on a timber bench attached to the back of the lathe. Painted gunmetal grey and mounted on a black wooden platform for display purposes.

Historical information

The first metal working machine used by David & James Thompson in 1878. Brought by ship by David Thompson who used it on the journey to make working models.

Significance

The first machine used by David & James Thompson in their engineering section.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Painted light green with moving parts and bolts picked out in black. End suction, overshot discharge Bolted to a wooden base. V belt driven.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass specification on sides - "Suction pump manufactured for Victorian Railways in 1930. Model H" Elaborate monogram in black on side denoting Kelly & Lewis Pumps. Brass plate with Kelly & Lewis Ltd / Centrifugal Pump / Type W.

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single stage end suction top discharge chemical pump as used in refineries. Magnetically coupled with a self contained sealing system. 1 1/2" suction branch, 1" discharge branch. Painted grey.

Inscriptions & Markings

FG 1.5 x 1 - 82. Guardion Series Drive Pump.

PRINT-TYPE CABINET

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Wooden cabinet for holding print type. Made of pine with pale grey/white laminated top. Contains 16 trays in two blocks of 8 for storing metal type. Each tray is divided into sections Trays are wooden with some painted on front .

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.

Pump - Vertical Turbine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

2 stage vertical turbine pump, sectioned for display purposes. Internal parts painted green & red.

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.

Chainsaw

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

"Pioneer" chainsaw with green housing. Pull start, no chain. Compliance plate on back (see Below) second plate on top.

Inscriptions & Markings

Compliance plate on back "Pioneer Saws / Model / 450 / Serial No. A10778 / Division of Outboard Marine Australia Pty. Ltd. / Bankstown NSW". Cast in relief on side "Pioneer & Pine Trees".

Mounted Display Board

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

42 sample specification plates and labels of types used on machinery made be various pump manufacturers associated with Thompsons Kelly & Lewis and Flowserve. Mount is of fibreboard, painted brown on the front and black on the back.

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.

Drive Belts

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Six new wooden drive belts used in Woolen Mills. Comprising rectangular pierced wooden blocks held together by short lengths of chain.

Significance

Type used in wool weaving at Castlemaine Woolen Mill.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Printing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Foot pedal operated platen machine patented by J. Wade, Halifax. Made of Metal and wood. Hand feed paper pickup.

Inscriptions & Markings

Patent plate and "ARAB" in raised letters on the base.

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.

PRINTING PRESS

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Large broadsheet printing press with large and small rollers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maker's name on front "PAYNE & SONS"

Video - Maldon Vintage Museum Tour - Opening Weekend 2006

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Filmed by Neil and Melva Cole

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"

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.

Vertical Petrol Engine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Water cooled vertical cylinder stationary petrol engine with magneto ignition. Painted green and black. Two flywheels. Cylindrical fuel tank mounted in front of the engine. Galvanised iron cooling water tank mounted on a stand behind the engine. All mounted on a steel frame with casters.

Inscriptions & Markings

On a cast crank-case cover :- "Manufactured by / R. A. Lister / & Co. Ltd. / 2 1/2 HP No. 2727 / Dursley England"

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

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Large double suction centrifugal pump with 36" suction and discharge branches weighing 7500 kg. Cast iron baseplate for the pump measuring 154 x 185 x 22 cm. The pump is fitted with a spring grid coupling. The pump and baseplate are painted pale blue.

Significance

This pump was situated at Mildura Victoria and pumped water from the Murray river to irrigate the fruit blocks.

Inscriptions & Markings

The pump identification plate has been removed and there are no markings cast on it. The baseplate has Thompsons cast in relief on the top surface. The coupling has a brass nameplate with Richardson Spring Grid Coupling engraved on it.

Pendulum Clock

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Mechanical pendulum clock mounted in a glass fronted caabinet. Constructed to time when workers start (clock on) and finish (clock off) work each day.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the clock face, "ITR logo with International across it / INGRAM Bros. / Sole Agents / Melbourne / International / Time Recording Co. / London". On a metal plate fixed to the back panel of the cabinet, instructions on maintenance of the clock.

Booklets - .1) Turbine Pumps Class "F". .2) Turbine Pumps Type "E".

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Two pamphlets detailing a type of turbine pump with photographs in b & w. .1) High Lift Single Stage. .2) Multi Stage Pumps. Made by Thompsons Co. Castlemaine. Stapled.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Publication No. 8 20/1. .2) Publication No. 8 21/1.

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

Ink, Bottled

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Glass square walled bottle of black ink used for replenishing stamp pads. Labelled, black metal screw top.

Inscriptions & Markings

In white on a black paper label, "Superior / Rubber Stamp Pad / Ink".

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"

Photograph - Oswald's Improved National Rock Drill

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Grainy photograph of Oswald's Improved National Rock Drill with various tools laying in front.

Inscriptions & Markings

Oswald's Improved National Rock Drill

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".

DC Generator - Steam Powered

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Siemens DC generator driven by a Thompsons two cylinder steam engine. The engine has vertical cylinders and there is a flywheel between the generator and engine. Generator painted grey, engine painted red. The system is connected to low pressure steam and can be run very slowly.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass plate on generator "Siemens Brothers / Dynamo Works Ltd. / London Stafford / Direct Current Generator", followed by specifications. Thompsons Engineering in relief on steam engine side plates. "60" on base of engine.

Perforating Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Metal and timber perforator with multiple metal pins. Operated by a hand lever on RHS. Four metal feet with holes for screwing to bench top.

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