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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

Contact

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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Bandsaw

Key words

trades
carpenttry

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Baker's Cart

Key words

trades; horse drawn;

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Chainsaw

Key words

machinery
chainsaw
tools

"Jonsered" petrol chainsaw with approximately 19" (50cm) bar. Red engine housing, aluminium handle. Pull start with information plate on starter housing.

Inscriptions & Markings

On information plate, "Mod. XD / Jonsereds / Sweden / No. 28637"

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Rope Making Machine

Key words

machine tool; metalcraft; rope

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

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Air Flow Guage

Key words

instruments
air flow

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Miniature Water Turbine.

Key words

machinery; water turbine; power

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

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Chainsaw

Key words

machinery
timber cutting

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"

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Petrol Pump

Key words

automotive
petrol pump

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Motor Mower

Key words

machinery
lawn mowing

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Drawing Machine

Key words

drafting
engineering

"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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Horizontal Oil Engine

Key words

machinery ... engine ... oil ... metalwork

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"

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

DC Generator - Steam Powered

Key words

machinery; generator; steam engine; metalwork

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Drill Press

Key words

trades
metal working

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Lathe

Key words

trades
metal working

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

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

"Romulus" Costume

Key words

costume
male

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Treadle Lathe

Key words

machinery; tools; metalwork

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

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Motor Mower

Key words

mower
grass cutting
domestic

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".

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Chainsaw

Key words

machinery
wood cutting

"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".

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Petrol Engine

Key words

machinery ... engine ... petrol ... metalwork

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Steam Engine

Key words

engines
steam
vertical

Vertical cylinder steam engine painted black, red and grey. In working order. Large flywheel and pulley on RHS and mounted on a raised concrete base. Belt drive overhead governor.

Inscriptions & Markings

No. "8532" is cast on the LHS of the frame.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Motor Mower

Key words

machinery
motor mower

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Book - The Iron Road to Castlemaine and Sandhurst

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

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Drill Press

Key words

trades
metal working

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Pressure Testing Pump

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Newsletter - The Cog Issue 1

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Photograph - Oswald's Improved National Rock Drill

Key words

mining

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Oswald's Improved National Rock Drill

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Motor Mower

Key words

machinery
domestic
lawn mowing

"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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Statuette

Key words

award
heritage

.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.

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Programmable Calculator

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"

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Photograph - Skew Bridge Beam on Dray

Key words

thompsons foundry

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

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon