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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

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".

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"

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"

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.

Slide Rules

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Ten slide rules, various makers. All cased. Materials vary from cases in cardboard, vinyl, leather, plastic and slide rules in wood, plastic, metal. .23) Instruction book for E. Green's Hemmi's slide rule printed in Japan in 1934.

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".

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".

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..

Pens, Boxed

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Set of 4 German made drawing pens and 3 attachments in a green plastic box with hinged clear plastic lid and white insert to hold items separately. In original white and green cardboard box.

Inscriptions & Markings

On box "S 1184 / 4N"

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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) 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..

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.

Leaflets

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1) Selection criteria for a suitable pump. .2) Boiler feed pumps. Leaflets, each with photographs of a pump.

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.

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.

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.

Telephone

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Black bakelite wall mounted dial type telephone. Removable metal base for access and mounting. Chrome circular dial.

Inscriptions & Markings

No markings, probably PMG issue.

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"

Programmable Calculator

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1) Hehlett Packard 1978 design programmable calculator. Cream plastic case. Keyboard layout similar to modern computers. .2) Loose leaf file containing operating instructions and two programmable cartridges. .3) & .4) Quick reference guide books, spiral bound. .5) Calculator 9825A system test booklet bound with staples.

Inscriptions & Markings

On small plate on top of projecting power socket "9825A" serial No.

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"

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.

Photograph - Thompsons Machine Room Circa 1910

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Document - Castlemaine Woollen Co. Letterhead

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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

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.

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.

Presentation Cup

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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

Inscriptions & Markings

None.

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.

Mounted Display Board

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

42 sample specification plates and labels of types used on machinery made be various pump manufacturers associated with Thompsons Kelly & Lewis and Flowserve. Mount is of fibreboard, painted brown on the front and black on the back.

Statuette

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

.1) Heritage award,bronze male figure of a stonemason standing behind a slab of stone engraved, "Mt. Alexander Branch of National Trust Heritage Award for Excellence" presented to "Thompsons Foundry Drawing Office Interest Group". .2) Framed citation explaining the award. Black plastic frame, glass front, featuring an historic photo of Thompsons drawing office.

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.

Ink, Bottled

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Glass square walled bottle of black ink used for replenishing stamp pads. Labelled, black metal screw top.

Inscriptions & Markings

In white on a black paper label, "Superior / Rubber Stamp Pad / Ink".

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

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

Photograph - Oswald's Improved National Rock Drill

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Grainy photograph of Oswald's Improved National Rock Drill with various tools laying in front.

Inscriptions & Markings

Oswald's Improved National Rock Drill

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

Photograph - Engine on Dray

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Photograph of four men on dray pulled by two dark coloured horses. There a buildings which appear to be in Castlemaine Near Frederick Street. There are two engines on the back of the dray.

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.

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.

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"

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.

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

"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.

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"

"Romulus" Costume

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Leather helmet, cream shirt, charcoal grey trousers with button fly. Leather belt and pair of leather boots. Helmet lining is 100% black ribbed cotton. .1) & .2) shirt & trousers; .3) helmet; .4) belt; .5) & .6) boots. Right boot has hole drilled through sole to accommodate spike at base of display mannequin's leg. Belt is marked on inside near the buckle "Hero / 38"".

Inscriptions & Markings

Left boot has a white sticker "hora" painted in black. Right boot has black "X" on outside top. Both boots have "ooDED (?) / HURRAY 42" moulded into leather on outer surface of inside edge of tops. Trousers have stick on label "ROM 4" inside back of waistband.