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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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Type Cabinet

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Galleys print type cabinet holding type which has been set to print. Each tray has letters of alphabet on right hand side. Green painted metal cabinet.

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.

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

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

Pump Casing

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Casing casting for horizontal split casing pump. Possibly for Thompson Kelly & Lewis double suction "Super Titan" pump. Painted blue and bolted to two pieces of wood.

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.

Type Cabinet

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Green Painted metal cabinet with rows of shelves for holding set type, Bill Head size. Rows are marked across the top with left-to-right letters E F G H. Strip of wood inserted down LHS numbered from top 1 - 25.

Comping Stone

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Comping stone on wooden trolley used for setting type. "Stone" is made of metal.

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Pump set comprising a pump and electric motor mounted on a baseplate. The pump set is painted grey. The pump is a single stage end suction Thompson class G with 6" suction and discharge branches.

Inscriptions & Markings

On Pump "Thompaons / Castlemaine 6" "I388" On Motor's brass plate - Brown Boveri Co Ltd / Baden Swizerland / BHP 2 / Volts 200 / Amps 13.5 / RPM 1500

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.

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.

Oil Engine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

10 HP horizontal cylinder oil engine in working order. Mounted on a steel chassis with 4 wrought iron wheels. Two flywheels and one flat belt pulley. Rectangular cooling water tank and cast iron exhaust pot with vertical exhaust pipe mounted at crankshaft end. Engine painted green with pale yellow trim. Blow torch start on compression when hot bulb is of certain temperature. Mechanical water and fuel pumps.

Inscriptions & Markings

Oval brass plate fixed to cylinder "The "Blackstone" / Carter's Patent / 61892 / Quote this No. / When ordering parts / Oil Engine"

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.

Furniture Storage Shelf

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Wooden furniture storage shelf with sloping front. Seven wooden shelves, each divided vertically into compartments of various widths, 6 to a shelf. "Furniture" is used to set spaces between sections of print.

Pump - Vertical Turbine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Two stage vertical turbine pump attached to a short discharge column and mounted in a frame with a gearbox at the top. The gearbox is cut away to reveal the interior. The pump is of Giles & Gascon design as sold by Kelly & Lewis. The pump and gearbox are set up to display the unit for sales and marketing purposes.

Inscriptions & Markings

"K & L GG in relief back and front of gearbox housing.

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.

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single stage end suction pump with part of casing cut away to reveal interior. Painted yellow with edges of cut away in red.

Inscriptions & Markings

Blue and white circular paper sticker on top with "Thompsons Kelly & Lewis Pumps made in Australia". Stylised bird in centre of sticker. On end of housing in relief "65x40-250 / 1.0108" (pump size & casing pattern No).

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.

"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.

Pump - Semi Rotary

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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

Inscriptions & Markings

In relief on front of casing "No 1" at top, "Simac" at bottom.

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.

Leaflets

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Seven leaflets each advertising a different pump. Illustrated in black & white. .1) Horizontal Dry Vacuum Pump, single bearing frame type with Outboard Bearing. .2) Direct coupled Single-stage Class "G" Centrifugal Pump. .3) Single-Stage Glass "G" Pump with overhung pulley. .4) Thompson Improved Type Gravel Pump .5) Belt-Driven Class "G" Centrifugal 5inch Single-Stage Pump with Belt striking gear. .6) Direct coupled Two-Stage Class "G" centrifugal pump. .7) Belt-driven Two-Stage Class "G" centrifugal pump.

Leaflet - Thompson / Class "BG" Pumps

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single fold leaflet detailing capacities of single stage centrifugal pumps made by Thompsons (Castlemaine) Ltd.. Page numbering indicates it is part of a larger publication.

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

One Ton Truck

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Graham Brothers flat bed one ton truck. In-line four cylinder engine. Blue body with white engine housing, red engine block, cream wheel trim and upholstery maroon chasis. Natural timber seat frame, tray and running boards. Chrome radiator housing and headlights. Retrofitted electric turning indicators.

Significance

Used in annual Maldon Easter parade.

Inscriptions & Markings

Etched plate on dashboard "1 Ton CAUTION Truck / Over-loading or over-speeding / will void your warranty / Speed 25 miles per hour / Maximum allowable load capacity 2000 lbs / Allowable for weight of body 1000 lbs / Total weight of chassis body -------- / and load not to exceed 5515 lbs / deduct excess body weight from rated load / Graham Brothers Detroit. U. S. A. / A division of Dodge Brothers Inc." On cast wheel hub nuts "GB"

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.