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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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'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.

Perforating Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Metal and timber perforator with multiple metal pins. Operated by a hand lever on RHS. Four metal feet with holes for screwing to bench top.

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"

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.

Washing Machine - -

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Ivory enamel top loader with aluminium removable lid. Plate on back with makers details. Hand slots each side for ease of moving. Powered by electricity.

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Coat-of-arms "By appointment to Her Majesty/ Suction Sweepers"

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

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".

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"

Pump - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Painted dark grey early model Thompson centrifugal pump "Class G". Single stage pump.

Inscriptions & Markings

Thompson's Engineering & Pipe Works. Serial No. 4542. 1" x 1 1/4" Class G

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.

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

KOOLGARDIE SAFE

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Cream painted wooden safe with separate compartment at top which has a drop-down door and latch. Metal fly-wire on three sides, including door. Wooden legs.

Historical information

Koolgardie safes were used to preserve perishable foodstuffs eg dairy and meat in the days or places where refrigeration was unknown or not available.

Inscriptions & Markings

none

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.

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

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.

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.

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"

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.

Slide Rules

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1 to .4)Two SAA Conversion Slides supplied by Standards Association of Australia for converting imperial measurements to metric. .5) Plastic sleeve. .6) instruction leaflet.

Motor Mower

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Atco cylinder mower with catcher and rollers. Large metal back roller, wooden small front roller. Foot operated starting mechanism. British coat of arms on catcher featuring lion and unicorn signifying royal appointment of mower manufacturer Mower painted green with green cylindrical petrol tank mounted above the engine between the handles. Engine controls on right side of handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

Makers name on catcher and petrol tank in gold paint.

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.

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"

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.. .4) Metal adjusting spanner.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) At mounting pivot point of drawing machine "Ray & Gilbert / Drafting Machine / Serial No. ? / Melbourne. Aust." .2) Scale rule "W & G E 18". .3) Scale rule "W & G E 12". .4) No inscriptions.

Pump - Semi Rotary

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Manual lever action semi-rotary pump. In line suction and discharge branches. Painted green.

Inscriptions & Markings

In relief on front of casing "No 2" at top, "Runwell" at bottom.

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

PRINT-TYPE CABINET

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Wooden cabinet for holding print type. Made of pine with pale grey/white laminated top. Contains 16 trays in two blocks of 8 for storing metal type. Each tray is divided into sections Trays are wooden with some painted on front .

Bandsaw

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Large belt driven bandsaw with wooden frame. Metal upper and lower driving wheels for bandsaw. Upper brass and lower cast iron. Wooden work table and saw guard. In poor working order and blade not fitted.

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

Clock

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Battery operated clock with a highly lacquered face with an image of half of a split casing pump casing. The image is in blue and black on a white ground centred on a circular wooden clock face. Numbers are imitation chrome plastic covered with lacquer. The second hand is red. The backing board is rectangular. The operating mechanism is centred in a housing on the back.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maker's name ("Chris Shaw") on a gold sticker at the bottom centre of the back.

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?".