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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

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Steam Engine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Large 4 wheeled single cylinder (horizontal) steam engine designed to be towed. Fire box painted black, boiler and steam cylinder green, wheels red. Boiler is not sound so engine is connected to an independent steam/air source to be operated for display purposes. 150 cm flywheel on LHS looking forward toward the front. Brass water drain tap on firebox. Also other brass fittings on firebox.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cast brass disc with red background fixed high on firebox :- "Marshal Sons & Co. / Made expressly / to the order / Shut, No. 45781, Open / of / Robison Bros / South Melbourne." "10017" raised in relief on firebox door.

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.

Pendulum Clock

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Mechanical pendulum clock mounted in a glass fronted caabinet. Constructed to time when workers start (clock on) and finish (clock off) work each day.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the clock face, "ITR logo with International across it / INGRAM Bros. / Sole Agents / Melbourne / International / Time Recording Co. / London". On a metal plate fixed to the back panel of the cabinet, instructions on maintenance of the clock.

Sewing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Singer sewing machine mounted on a wooden base with domed wooden cover.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of cover in gold outlined in black - "Singer".

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

Fergie Tractor

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Grey Ferguson tractor restored to working order with a detachable grader blade. A rollover protection bar has been added to comply with modern regulations for safety. Three point linkage and 3 new tyres. Club permit registration.

Inscriptions & Markings

Metal plates on front and sides "Ferguson". Serial No. plate on steering column mount etched No. "533? "........." Henry Ferguson / ........ / TE14 "351?".

Sewing Machine Accessories

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

(See Registration No. 26.3). Green rectangular cardboard box with lid containing 5 feet for various sewing operations, a screw for attaching them, a button hole guide and a hem guide.

Inscriptions & Markings

On lid in red, "Singer / Accessories for 66K Machine No. SIMANCO / 120842", "25527", "12466", "35931", "36583". 31.4 is etched with Singer logo and USA.

Motor Mower

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Cylindrical lawn mower with grass catcher. Green painted catcher and engine cover, orange petrol tank and handles. Pull start with engine control on RHS handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name prominantly printed on front of catcher "Qualcast / four stroke / Super 12". Sticker on engine "Stowmarket, SIP (in a red diamond background) Suffolk / Engine type 75G14 Model No. 25A / Made in Englsnd / Recommended Lubricants" followed by a table of lubricant makers and oil specification.

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"

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.

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.

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".

Cooker - -

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Cream enamel, gas cooker with black painted, cast iron trivets. Gas gun attached. Enameled grill pan with grid.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brand name in black on front of oven door "New world".. Model name "Radiant" in black LLH corner of oven door.

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"

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

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.

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.

Sewing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Singer sewing machine with electric motor and maroon hard cover. Instruction book for No. 66 Singer Sewing Machine - greenpaper cover with red logo on front, 32 pages. Hinged wooden flap forms table when lowered. Machine housing is metal painted fawn with brown drive wheel & foot pedal. Motor is also brown. Base is cream. Cover has cream handle & brass catches. Accessories box R.N. 31.10.

Inscriptions & Markings

Motor serial No K10591526

Fridge

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single compartment fridge made of steel, enamelled in cream. Top has rounded corners. Manufacturer's badge on front of door. Lever-type handle made of chrome with chrome hinges.

Inscriptions & Markings

TASMA

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.

Oil Engine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Bartram type AK, 5 HP horizontal cylinder water cooled magneto ignition oil Engine mounted on a metal and timber chassis with 4 wheels. It has its own cam driven water pump which pumps cooling water over metal gauze for evaporative cooling. Painted green. It has two flywheels, one at each end of the crankshaft, with a flat belt pulley attached to one flywheel. Cooling tank of galvanised steel with Bartram stencilled on one side. In working order.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cast nameplate on front of crankcase with a Bartram logo cast on also "Bertram / Type / AK"

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.

Presentation Cup

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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

Inscriptions & Markings

None.

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.

Condenser Air Pump

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Vertical cylinder reciprocating condenser air pump with two 107 cm diameter flywheels (one on each end of crankshaft). The operating cylinder at at top of the machine has a centrifugal governor. Access ladder to platform at front. Painted black and red.

Inscriptions & Markings

On cylinder head "63"

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".

Manometer

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Gauge for measuring pressure. Blue anodised diecast casing. Vestige of plastic tube emerging from the top. Hand operated brass pump on the bottom.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Single stage, end suction centrifugal pump cut away to reveal interior for display purposes. Painted yellow externally, green internally and red on edges of cut away. Mounted on a wooden pallet.

Significance

Part of the evolution of Kelly & Lewis pumps.

Inscriptions & Markings

On top plate - "Kelly & Lewis Pumps / Division of Mather & Platt Pty. Ltd. / Made in Australia". K & L Model 70 Pump size 2 1/4" - 9, Serial No. AC7232.

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.

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..