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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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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.

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

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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"

Photograph - Thompsons Machine Room Circa 1910

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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".

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.

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)

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"

"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.

Oil Engine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Bartram type AK, 5 HP horizontal cylinder water cooled magneto ignition oil Engine mounted on a metal and timber chassis with 4 wheels. It has its own cam driven water pump which pumps cooling water over metal gauze for evaporative cooling. Painted green. It has two flywheels, one at each end of the crankshaft, with a flat belt pulley attached to one flywheel. Cooling tank of galvanised steel with Bartram stencilled on one side. In working order.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cast nameplate on front of crankcase with a Bartram logo cast on also "Bertram / Type / AK"

Manometer

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Gauge for measuring pressure. Blue anodised diecast casing. Vestige of plastic tube emerging from the top. Hand operated brass pump on the bottom.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

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

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".

Programmable Calculator

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1) Hehlett Packard 1978 design programmable calculator. Cream plastic case. Keyboard layout similar to modern computers. .2) Loose leaf file containing operating instructions and two programmable cartridges. .3) & .4) Quick reference guide books, spiral bound. .5) Calculator 9825A system test booklet bound with staples.

Inscriptions & Markings

On small plate on top of projecting power socket "9825A" serial No.

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.

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"

Motor Mower

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Victa twin cylinder rotary mower with grass catcher. Rubber tired wheels. Painted orange.

Significance

A rare object, not many were manufactured because of an inherent design fault in positioning the pistons vertically and it was found there was insufficient pressure to deliver oil to the top one.

Inscriptions & Markings

On engine cowl "500 Twin / 170 cc 2 Stroke". On base "Victa".

Presentation Cup

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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

Inscriptions & Markings

None.

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".

Lathe

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Small metal lathe mounted on a metal stand. Driven by a 1/4 HP 1425 RPM electric motor. Comes with a box of assorted chucks and fittings.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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"