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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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167 items

STAPLER

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Floor standing, foot operated stapler, painted green.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on small metal plate on front of mechanism "MULTINAK"

Horizontal Oil Engine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Horizontal cylinder oil engine in working condition. Mounted on a steel and timber chassis with 4 wrought iron wheels. Axles are fixed to timber spacer beams. Two flywheels. Cylindrical cooling water tank, cast iron exhaust system and vertical exhaust pipe mounted at crankshaft end. Engine painted dark green, crankshaft balance weights red, flywheels black, cooling water tank black.

Inscriptions & Markings

Oval brass plate on cylinder - "The "Blackstone" / Carter's Patent / 92393 / Quote This No. / When Ordering Parts / Oil Engine". Brass plate on engine frame - "British Patents / Nos. 19640-02 / 24611-03" Oval brass plate on Balance weight guard - "The "Blackstone" Oil Engine / Clutterbuck Bros / Adelaide / South Australia".

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"

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.

Presentation Cup

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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

Inscriptions & Markings

None.

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.

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.

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.

PRINT-TYPE CABINET

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

PRESCO Type Cabinet C24 made of wood with sloping work top and holder for box of type set almost vertically behind it. Twenty-four trays for storing type, each with central handle for easy removal. Many trays are labelled with font name and sizes. Manufactured.

Inscriptions & Markings

In gold lettering on black ground on front of worktop: "PRESCO TYPE CABINET C24" In ink, front right side of work top: "11"

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.

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 - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single stage self priming pump. Part of housing cut away to show interior for display purposes. Grey painted with cross section edges painted black. Black knobs for removing inspection cover on front end.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nameplate on top "Primo Titan" 50mm. Thompsons Kelly and Lewis logo on end cover.

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

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.

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.

Newsletter - The Cog Issue 1

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Vertical Petrol Engine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Water cooled vertical cylinder stationary petrol engine with magneto ignition. Painted green and black. Two flywheels. Cylindrical fuel tank mounted in front of the engine. Galvanised iron cooling water tank mounted on a stand behind the engine. All mounted on a steel frame with casters.

Inscriptions & Markings

On a cast crank-case cover :- "Manufactured by / R. A. Lister / & Co. Ltd. / 2 1/2 HP No. 2727 / Dursley England"

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".

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"

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.

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.

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.

Programmable Calculator

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1) Hewlett Packard programmable calculator model HP9100A. Cream coloured metal housing. Four segment keyboard with keys coloured grey, cream and fawn. .2) Selection of 10 diagnostic cards for above in a plastic case with a clear plastic hinged push back lid.

Historical information

First programmable calculator used by Thompsons Castlemaine Ltd.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Serial number on rear plate "816-00508". .2) Cards part number 5060-5919.

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"

Kerosene Engine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single horizontal cylinder kerosene engine in working order. Mounted in a 4 wheeled steel chassis. Galvanised iron fuel tank mounted under engine. Water jacketed exhaust stack behind engine. Painted blue and red.

Inscriptions & Markings

On oval brass plate "Austral Kerosene Engine / Manufactured by / Ronaldson Tippett / Propy. Ltd. / Quote No. 7943"

Booklets - .1) Centrifugal Pumps / Class "G". .2) Centrifugal Pumps Class "D".

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Two paper covered booklets detailing centrifugal pumps, printed in b & w with photographs. Describing items made by Thompsons Engineering Co.. Stapled.

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Green painted self priming centrifugal pump bolted to a wooden base. Label attached warning of the need for safety guards.

Inscriptions & Markings

Primo Titan. Thompson Kelly & Lewis logo on front. Instruction plate on top.

Weighing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Avery upright weighing scale. Finished in white enamel with grey back plate. Weight is measured in pounds and stones. Platform is grey mosaic. Coin operated.

Historical information

Used for many years outside the Pharmacy in the main street of Maldon.

Inscriptions & Markings

Model No 3809 CFY Serial No S-621044

'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.

Gold Foil Stamping Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Black painted metal press, hand operated by a top mounted lever.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front mounted brass plate above engineer's name "377"