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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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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.

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

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"

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.

'Romulus ' Costume

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1) Cream Shirt &.2) Charcoal grey trousers with button fly and rayon? lining down to knee level. .3) Brown leather helmet with black, cotton lining, ear flaps and chin strap with buckle fastening. Makers name indicates helmet is of German origin. .4) Brown leather belt with buckle. .5 & .6) Pair brown leather boots. Right boot has hole drilled through the sole to accommodate a supporting spike on the display manequin's base.

Historical information

The costume was worn by the character of Romulus in the movie "Romulus My Father" which was filmed in Central Victoria and used a motor bike in the Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum's collection. the film company subsequently donated the entire outfit to the museum.

Inscriptions & Markings

.4) is marked on inside surface near the buckle : "HERO/38" Left boot sports a white sticker with "hora" printed in black. Right boot has black "X" on outside top edge. Both boots have "ooded(?) /MURRAY42" moulded into leather on inner top edges.. .2) bear a stick-on label printed with "ROM 4" on inside back waistband.

Document - Castlemaine Woollen Co. Letterhead

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single stage double suction centrifugal pump painted dark green and mounted on a wooden pallet. Top half of split casing fixed in open (hinged) position to reveal interior.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass name plate with serial number - 20384, size - 1 1/2", pump class - C.

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.

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"

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

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.

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

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"

Wool Winder

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1&2) Red & cream plastic wool winder with grey wool holders & chromed metal thread guide. .3) White cardboard box with image on lid. .4) Instruction sheet.

Inscriptions & Markings

On box lid printed in red - Wool Winder. On silver stickers on winder printed in blue a logo and "Royal Made in Japan"

Statuette

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.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.

Sewing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Singer sewing machine mounted on a wooden base. Oval gold coloured metal plate on arm support near handle. Hand operated.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pens, Boxed

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Set of 4 German made drawing pens and 3 attachments in a green plastic box with hinged clear plastic lid and white insert to hold items separately. In original white and green cardboard box.

Inscriptions & Markings

On box "S 1184 / 4N"

Steam Engine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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.

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".

Sewing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Hand operated sewing machine. Early model with bullet shaped bobbin. In working order. Painted matt black.

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial number on plate P022565

Newsletter - The Cog Issue 2 - September 2017

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Photograph - Thompsons Machine Room Circa 1910

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Drawing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Articulated arm type manual drawing machine with grey crachle finish. Very dark brown handle, chromed fittings. W&G scale rulers.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Ray & Gilbert Pty Ltd / Serial No. 21XT"

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.

Instruction Manual

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Paper covered instruction book for the Pump Department of Thompsons Engineering & Pipe Co. Ltd.. Printed in black ink. Handwritten notes inside front cover. Bound with tin bats.

Printing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Electrically driven platen machine. Used by Gordon & Gotch Publishers Australia & New Zealand. Metal with wooden tray for printed sheets. Automatic paper feed pickup.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plate naming it as "Auto Platen Machine" British patent No's 463542, 463617, 480587, 490661, 512459, 513892, 413818. Plate on side "John Key / Engineers / Kircaldy.