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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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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

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

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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

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.

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.

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"

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

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 .

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"

PRINT-TYPE CABINET

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

PRESCO Type Cabinet C24 made of wood with sloping work top and holder for box of type set almost vertically behind it. Twenty-four trays for storing type, each with central handle for easy removal. Many trays are labelled with font name and sizes. Manufactured.

Inscriptions & Markings

In gold lettering on black ground on front of worktop: "PRESCO TYPE CABINET C24" In ink, front right side of work top: "11"

Strip Casting Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

ELROD strip casting machine not in working order.

Inscriptions & Markings

'MACHINE NO. F2713E ' etched on brass plate. Instruction plate on top surface.

LINO TYPE MACHINE

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Lino-type casting machine with furnace for casting lead plates. Makes type used in printing. Motor made by Crompton Patison. Keyboard to select letters to be cast.

Historical information

This item was used at "The Tarrengower Times" Maldon, Vic by Ron ADAMS

Inscriptions & Markings

MODEL 78 No 17175

PRINTING PRESS

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Large broadsheet printing press with large and small rollers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maker's name on front "PAYNE & SONS"

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

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.

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.

Comping Stone

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

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

Type Storage Cabinet

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Made of timber with 20 drawers, each with a metal handle bearing manufacturers name.

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.

Printing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Electrically driven platen machine. Used by Gordon & Gotch Publishers Australia & New Zealand. Metal with wooden tray for printed sheets. Automatic paper feed pickup.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plate naming it as "Auto Platen Machine" British patent No's 463542, 463617, 480587, 490661, 512459, 513892, 413818. Plate on side "John Key / Engineers / Kircaldy.

Printing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Foot pedal operated platen machine patented by J. Wade, Halifax. Made of Metal and wood. Hand feed paper pickup.

Inscriptions & Markings

Patent plate and "ARAB" in raised letters on the base.

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.

Type Cabinet

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Galleys print type cabinet holding type which has been set to print. Each tray has letters of alphabet on right hand side. Green painted metal cabinet.

Type Cabinet

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Green Painted metal cabinet with rows of shelves for holding set type, Bill Head size. Rows are marked across the top with left-to-right letters E F G H. Strip of wood inserted down LHS numbered from top 1 - 25.

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.

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"

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

Sewing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Hand operated Singer sewing machine. Metal with wooden base, storage compartment missing. Machine and base plate painted with design of stylised flowers in green, yellow, brown and gold. Etched silvered metal end and side plates. Model No 66 K

Sewing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Treadle sewing machine with metal base, wooden table and leather drive belt. The base plate is decorated with a rural scene featuring a 3 storey house, male & female figures in Victorian dress, horse and buggy painted in colour.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name printed on arm of machine, hard to decipher - appears to be "New Home Treadle Serial No 404879"

Sewing Machine

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Hand operated sewing machine. Early model with bullet shaped bobbin. In working order. Painted matt black.

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial number on plate P022565