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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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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.

"Romulus" Costume

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Leather helmet, cream shirt, charcoal grey trousers with button fly. Leather belt and pair of leather boots. Helmet lining is 100% black ribbed cotton. .1) & .2) shirt & trousers; .3) helmet; .4) belt; .5) & .6) boots. Right boot has hole drilled through sole to accommodate spike at base of display mannequin's leg. Belt is marked on inside near the buckle "Hero / 38"".

Inscriptions & Markings

Left boot has a white sticker "hora" painted in black. Right boot has black "X" on outside top. Both boots have "ooDED (?) / HURRAY 42" moulded into leather on outer surface of inside edge of tops. Trousers have stick on label "ROM 4" inside back of waistband.

Car Jack

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Mechanical mobile car jack made by the TREWELLAH company of Trentham for APAC Industries Ltd. Known as a "Service Jack" used for servicing cars and light vehicles. Mounted on 4 wheels, two being castors. Painted red.

Inscriptions & Markings

On a brass plate fixed to top of body "APAC / Service Jack No. 247 / Range 4 5/8" to 19 3/4" / Capacity 5000 lb / Caution: Do not overload / This jack is guaranteed to raised 5000 lb / Overloading renders this guarantee null and void / lubricate jack thoroughly before using / always keep jack clean and well oiled / Manufactured in Australia / APAC Industries Limited. / South 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"

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"

Presentation Cup

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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

Inscriptions & Markings

None.

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.

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.

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.

Pulley Stand

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Flat belt pulley stand with multiple pulleys. Set up for driving multiple machines. Present power source is an electric motor. In working order, unpainted.

Rock Drill

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Oswald pneumatic rock drill. What appears to be an operating lever extending to one side. Body only, no drill bits. Unpainted.

Significance

This was the first rock drill to be made in Australia and was made in Maldon. It was used in the Carmen's Tunnel mine Maldon.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cast in relief on body "Late / R. D. Oswald / Maldon".

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"

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.

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

Digital Plotter

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Early model A4 single pen computer controlled digital plotter. Cream coloured plastic outer case with clear tinted hinged plastic cover over pen compartment.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back panel various inscription panels indicating it is a Hewlett Packard machine Model 7470A Serial No. 2210A 12562.

Air Flow Guage

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Comprises two calibrated cylinders mounted on a board for measuring inches of water. Gauges measure air velocity. Cylinders are of steel with calibrations on aluminium casings. Flexible tubes are connected to reservoirs at the back of the mounting board, one black rubber the other red plastic. A reference barometer is mounted at the bottom right hand corner of the backing board. Reservoirs at the rear are of metal, coloured blue.

Fergie Tractor

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Grey Ferguson tractor restored to working order with a detachable grader blade. A rollover protection bar has been added to comply with modern regulations for safety. Three point linkage and 3 new tyres. Club permit registration.

Inscriptions & Markings

Metal plates on front and sides "Ferguson". Serial No. plate on steering column mount etched No. "533? "........." Henry Ferguson / ........ / TE14 "351?".

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.

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.

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)

Drill Press

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Wall mounted drill press, flat belt pulley driven. Flat belt pulley and flywheel on LHS, hand operated drill lowering mechanism on RHS. Unpainted.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cast in relief on main frame "No 1082" on LHS, "Buffalo Forge Co. / Buffalo N.Y." on RHS.

Drill Press

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Wall mounted hand operated drill press. Flywheel on LHS. Drill lowering hand wheel on top. Painted green and black.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cast in relief on frame "Champion ......... & Forge Co./ Lancaster" on LHS, "Warranted" on RHS.

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

Baker's Cart

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Two wheeled horse drawn cart that belonged to John Sexton, Maldon baker c 1940. Painted pale yellow with "Hudson Terraplane" wheel hubcaps. Flat bed with a full width step across the back. Leaf springs.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass cast plate at the back end of the bed with "Maldon" cast in. Brass engraved plate on the side "The Baker's cart is known to have been used / in Maldon between 1930 and 1950 by bakers / "Doughy" Wells 30/40 and John Sexton 40/50" followed by restoration details.

Miniature Water Turbine.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Miniature water turbine (pelton wheel, single jet) mounted on a wooden frame. Undershot wheel driving a pulley at one end of the shaft. Flywheel at the other end of the shaft. Small die-cast buckets, some broken and missing. Pelton wheel and flywheel painted red, wooden frame unpainted.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

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.

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.

Rope Making Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Hand operated rope making machine with hooks for 5 strands. Mounted on a steel angle bracket bolted to a piece of timber. Handle painted green, remainder unpainted.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

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.

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