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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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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".

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.

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.

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.

Blower - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Centrifugal blower direct coupled to an electric motor. Painted dark blue with an anti-clockwise direction arrow picked out in white on the front.

Inscriptions & Markings

Operating details - speed range 2850 - 3500 RPM. Working pressure range 14 - 25 PSI? Working voltage 210 - 350 volts. Dawn No. 2F.

Blower - Centrifugal

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Cyclo No. 2 centrifugal blower close coupled to an electric motor. Painted grey.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cyclo No. 2 on blower. Australian Electrical Industries Type HK916, 415 volts, 2905 RPM, Serial No. 299521 on motor.

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.

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

Booklet

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Paper covered booklet illustrated with photographs in black and white listing Thompsons Engineering & Pipe Co. Ltd.'s work sites and offices in Australia and New Zealand and containing examples of types of equipment produced by the company.

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.

Booklets - .1) Angle Compressors. .2) Compound Blast-furnace Blowing Engine.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Two paper covered booklets printed in black and white with photographs of specified items. .2) On back cover has b & w photos of other products made by Thompsons & Co. (Castlemaine) Pty. Ltd..

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.

Booklets - .1) Turbine Pumps Class "F". .2) Turbine Pumps Type "E".

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Two pamphlets detailing a type of turbine pump with photographs in b & w. .1) High Lift Single Stage. .2) Multi Stage Pumps. Made by Thompsons Co. Castlemaine. Stapled.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Publication No. 8 20/1. .2) Publication No. 8 21/1.

Calculator

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1) Hand held Hewlett Packard calculator with black plastic housing. Digital readout panel across the top front face. Battery compartment on top back (cover missing). .2) Instruction book with coloured front panel illustrated with an orange disc impaled with a fork (!). Printed in Singapore.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Hewlett Packard 33E"

Carder

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Green painted, hand operated, floor standing drum carder. Metal guard badly corroded. Four legs. Three meshing gearwheels. Large spikes on drum. Wooden roller to feed fleece.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ruben Sutcliffe / Maker / Manchester. In relief on topside of frame.

Car Jack

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Mechanical mobile car jack made by the TREWELLAH company of Trentham for APAC Industries Ltd. Known as a "Service Jack" used for servicing cars and light vehicles. Mounted on 4 wheels, two being castors. Painted red.

Inscriptions & Markings

On a brass plate fixed to top of body "APAC / Service Jack No. 247 / Range 4 5/8" to 19 3/4" / Capacity 5000 lb / Caution: Do not overload / This jack is guaranteed to raised 5000 lb / Overloading renders this guarantee null and void / lubricate jack thoroughly before using / always keep jack clean and well oiled / Manufactured in Australia / APAC Industries Limited. / South Australia"

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".

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"

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"

Circular Slide Rule Calculator

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1) Hinged lid wooden box with brass fittings and green felt covered rests inside. .2) "Fuller" type circular slide rule calculator Model No. 1. .3) Brass stand which slots into one end of box and holds calculator in position for ease of use. .4 ...7) Instruction booklets for operating the calculator. .8) Letter from importer re enquiry for circular slide rules to be used at Thompsons Engineering and Pipe Works.

Inscriptions & Markings

Imprinted on bakelite base of cylinder "Stanley / Trade Mark".

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.

Comping Stone

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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

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"

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.

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

Early model A4 single pen computer controlled digital plotter. Cream coloured plastic outer case with clear tinted hinged plastic cover over pen compartment.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back panel various inscription panels indicating it is a Hewlett Packard machine Model 7470A Serial No. 2210A 12562.

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.

Document

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Signatures of Attendees on 8th August 2015 Presentation Ceremony of the Official Heritage Marker at the Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum in recognition of the importance of Thompson's Foundry to the History of Australia

Document - Castlemaine Woollen Co. Letterhead

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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"

Drafting Sets

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Seven boxed drafting sets containing compasses, pens and dividers. Padded lids, interiors lined with velvet, blue, black or green. .1) Belonged to Peter Fraser. .2) Belonged to Ian Hooper. .6) Belonged to Noel Cawthorn.

Inscriptions & Markings

.6 & .7) Embossed on lids "Eco O Bra / Kandidat". .1) "Koala / Series / Made in Australia".

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

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"

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.

Drawing Set, Pouched

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1) Pair of compasses, makers mark on one arm. .2) Pen holder. .3) Rectangular container for spare parts. .4) Blue plastic pouch with transparent front panel.

Inscriptions & Markings

.4) On base of pouch printed in white "Staedtler / Mars / 551 40WP Germany". On flap of pouch imprinted "Western Germany".

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".

Drill Press

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Wall mounted drill press, flat belt pulley driven. Flat belt pulley and flywheel on LHS, hand operated drill lowering mechanism on RHS. Unpainted.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cast in relief on main frame "No 1082" on LHS, "Buffalo Forge Co. / Buffalo N.Y." on RHS.

Drill Press

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Wall mounted hand operated drill press. Flywheel on LHS. Drill lowering hand wheel on top. Painted green and black.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cast in relief on frame "Champion ......... & Forge Co./ Lancaster" on LHS, "Warranted" on RHS.

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.

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?".

French Curves

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1) Wooden box with hinged lid. 22 wooden and 3 plastic flat curved patterns loose in the box. Several are numbered. .2) 3 clear plastic curves in a pouch. Made in Italy. .3) 3 clear plastic curves in a pouch. Made in Italy. .3 .....31) Plastic curves. French curves are used in a drawing office to draw a smooth best fit line through a number of points.

Inscriptions & Markings

.25) "42 / Engineering / TB5" etched into plastic. .2 & .2) Pouches marked "LONGO Made in Italy" in gold.

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

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

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.

Furniture Storage Shelf

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Wooden furniture storage shelf with sloping front. Seven wooden shelves, each divided vertically into compartments of various widths, 6 to a shelf. "Furniture" is used to set spaces between sections of print.

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"

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.

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".

Horizontal Oil Engine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Horizontal cylinder oil engine in working order. Mounted on a steel chassis with 4 cast iron wheels. Two flywheels and one flat belt pulley. Cylindrical cooling water tank and exhaust vertical exhaust pipe mounted at crankshaft end. Engine painted green with red wheels and red crankshaft balance weights.

Inscriptions & Markings

Oval brass plate on cylinder - "The Austral Oil Engine / Ronaldson Bros. / Makers / No. 1113 ? & Tippett / Ballarat Victoria" Thin oval metal transfer on cooling water tank with makers name and place of manufacture around Australian coat of arms.

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"