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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

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

167 items

Wagon

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

4 wheeled mostly wooden wagon with rear wheels of larger diameter than front. Painted white, red and tan with some pin striping on wheels. Multiple leaf springs, 2 rear sets in double configuration. Metal and timber overhead framework for a canopy. Wooden seats along each side.

Inscriptions & Markings

No inscriptions and markings.

Comping Stone

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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

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".

Washboards, Glass

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Two plain, unsealed framed wooden washboards with glass corrugations for scrubbing clothes. 8.1 has a retaining strip across the top of the glass at the back.

Wooden Trays

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

A set of plain wooden trays used by the "Tea Lady" at Thompsons Castlemaine Ltd. Plain wood with some lacquer. .1 & .2) Have hardboard bases with cut out sections on the front lips. All have finger slots on the right and left sides.

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

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"

Booklets - .1) Gravel Pumps. .2) Chokeless Pumps.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Two paper covered booklets with b & w photographs of pumps made by Thompsons Castlemaine. .1) Contains performance and dimension details with some hand written details. .2) Details of specialised pump for unstrained juices in cane sugar mills.

Invalid Chair

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Wicker invalid chair. 4 wheels, back wheels larger than front. Folding footrest, wheels are spoked with solid rubber rims. Cane push handles at back.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

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.

Lathe

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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

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 - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Air Flow Guage

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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.

Chainsaw

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

"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"

Air Compressor

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Horizontal single cylinder air compressor. V belt driven with 11 belts. V belt on one end of crankshaft and flywheel on the other end. Painted pale green.

Inscriptions & Markings

Logo cast in relief in several places signifying - "Thompsons Castlemaine Engineering Propriety". Stenciled on cylinder "M75".

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".

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.

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"

Newsletter - The Cog Issue 2 - September 2017

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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.

Model Truck

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

"Tarrengower Times" model truck registration plate TLJ 10. Flat tray, spoked wheels with pneumatic tyres, leaf springs front and rear, leather upholstery. "Century" battery behind cabin with" Century" in black on gold. Painted maroon with gold trim, gold painted headlights and radiator frame.

Inscriptions & Markings

On driver's door in gold lettering "The / Tarrengower / Times /High St. / Maldon / Est. 1858" Logo on oval plate at top of radiator.

DC Generator - Steam Powered

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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.

Digital Plotter

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Computer controlled digital plotter, A3 paper size with 6 pens of various colours. Beige plastic case with clear tinted hinged cover over pen compartment.

Inscriptions & Markings

Makers name "digital" on front panel. Stick on label on back panel with cautions and warnings. Also Model LVP16, SN: HY 01106.

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.

Drafting Set, Boxed

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Drafting set in black hinge-lidded box lined in blue satin and velvet. Consists of compasses, dividers, pens and pencils - 11 pieces in total. Brass fittings.

Inscriptions & Markings

Yellow post-it label on lid handwritten "McGibbon" Etched on dividers "W H H L D"