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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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Telephone

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Black bakelite wall mounted dial type telephone. Removable metal base for access and mounting. Chrome circular dial.

Inscriptions & Markings

No markings, probably PMG issue.

Manufacturing Plates

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Set of 8 steel plates for Thompsons Kelly & Lewis Castlemaine and Melbourne. .1 & .2) Used for Worthington pumps. Printed with specification categories, serial number, year of manufacture etc..

Blue Prints

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Black plastic loose leaf book of blueprints of pump performance curves. Spine is reinforced with green plastic tape.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Thompsons Engineering / & Pipe Works / Castlemaine Victoria" in gold lettering on front cover.

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

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.

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Painted Royal Blue mounted on a black painted metal base. Old style 2 stage centrifugal pump. Branch positions:- Suction - side, Discharge - top

Inscriptions & Markings

Thompsons Castlemaine Ltd. Serial No 12036 ?8. 1"x1 1/4" Class G

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.

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.

Sewing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Singer sewing machine without base, decorated with stylised flowers (as per VMVM 27). Hand operated with flywheel.

Fridge - -

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Cream enamel fridge with large chrome handle. Small, box-like freezer compartment inside.

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial number on plate "500-2185". On front of freezer box, "BEAUTY POWER STAMINA PRESIDENT" in a circle with image of an eagle in centre of lettering.

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.

Pump - Centrifugal & Catalogue

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

60.1 & 2 Single stage end suction top discharge chemical pumps as used in refineries. Oil lubricated and fitted with a mechanical seal. 1 1/2" suction branch, 1" discharge branch. Painted grey. 60.2 DURCO ANSI Pumps catalogue.

Inscriptions & Markings

1K 1.5 x 1 - 8. Label on side of bearing housing "3 ANSI"

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"

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Grey painted Ingersoll Rand centrifugal pump mounted on a white painted metal base. Sectioned to expose interior for display purposes. Clear oil level chamber on side of bearing housing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ingersoll Rand 1" x 1 1/2" Type GRP. Serial No 89/7092

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.

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

Drawing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

"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. Almost identical to VMVM 113.3 but in better condition. .4) Metal adjusting spanner

Inscriptions & Markings

Similar to VMVM 113.4

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".

'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.

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single stage self priming centrifugal pump with part of casing cut away to reveal interior. 1 1/2" suction and discharge branches. Painted metallic blue.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cast in relief on front "KL / Pegson"

Fridge

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Electric fridge with rounded corners, made of cream enamelled steel. One compartment with lever-type handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

Contractor's sticker on RHS for 'POLMEAR PLUMBING' . Serial No 4454

Motor Mower

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

"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.

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.

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.

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

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

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"

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"