Stories Organisations Projects About Login

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

Contact

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

There are no comments yet.

Leave a comment

167 items

no image

Drawing Machine

Key words

drafting
engineering

"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

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

no image

Pump - Centrifugal

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

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

no image

Pump - Centrifugal

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

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

"Romulus" Costume

Key words

costume
male

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

no image

Weighing Machine

Key words

instruments - weighing

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

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Pulley Stand

Key words

trades
carpentry
metal working

Flat belt pulley stand with multiple pulleys. Set up for driving multiple machines. Present power source is an electric motor. In working order, unpainted.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Circular Slide Rule Calculator

Key words

trades
drafting
instruments
measuring

.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".

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Motor Mower

Key words

machinery
motor mower

OGDEN early model cylindrical lawn mower. Small back roller, no catcher, rope start. Small gold painted petrol tank mounted between handles for gravity feed. Belt driven cylinder blades, aluminium engine cowl, rubber rimmed wheels, engine control on RHS handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

"OGDEN" painted on engine cowl.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

no image

Instruction Manual

Key words

books
technical
machinery
pumps

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Motor Mower

Key words

machinery
motor mower
rotary

Rotary mower made by "MASPORT", orange with yellow and white engine housing. 4 rubber tyred plastic wheels, 2 large on back & 2 small on front. Pull start, single bar rotary cutter. Chrome plated folding handle with white plastic horizontal cover at top. Hinged safety flap at rear.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cast into base "M MASPORT". The M has a circle around it.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Statuette

Key words

award
heritage

.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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

no image

Pump - Centrifugal

Single stage self priming pump. Part of housing cut away to show interior for display purposes. Grey painted with cross section edges painted black. Black knobs for removing inspection cover on front end.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nameplate on top "Primo Titan" 50mm. Thompsons Kelly and Lewis logo on end cover.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

no image

'Romulus ' Costume

Key words

costume - male - headwear - footwear: costume accessories - clothes accessories;

.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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Rock Drill

Key words

tools
machinery
metalwork
mining

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".

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

no image

Carder

Key words

textile machinery; spinning; wool carding; metalcraft; cast iron

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

no image

Horizontal Oil Engine

Key words

machinery; oil engine; metalwork

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Lathe

Key words

trades
metal working

Small metal lathe mounted on a metal stand. Driven by a 1/4 HP 1425 RPM electric motor. Comes with a box of assorted chucks and fittings.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Motor Mower

Key words

machinery
cylinder motor mower

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Drafting Sets

Key words

instruments
trades
drafting
containers

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".

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

no image

Document

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

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

no image

Video - Maldon Vintage Museum Tour - Opening Weekend 2006

Filmed by Neil and Melva Cole

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Chainsaw

Key words

machinery
timber cutting

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"

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Mounted Display Board

Key words

display

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

no image

Pump - Semi Rotary

Key words

machinery; pump; semi-rotary; metalwork

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

Inscriptions & Markings

In relief on front of casing "No 1" at top, "Simac" at bottom.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Chainsaw

Key words

machinery
wood cutting

"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".

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Tip Dray

Key words

transport ..... horse-drawn

Single horse drawn tip dray, restored by G & S Little in 1999. Made of timber with metal fittings and wheel rims. Enclosed sides with hinged front and rear panels. Chassis and wheels painted dark red, body in dark blue.

Historical information

Used for carting rock to crushing batteries, road making, railway track building.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rectangular brass plaque on LHS looking forward detailing restoration and possible usage.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Ink, Bottled

Key words

domestic items
writing equipment
glass technology
bottles

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".

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

no image

Air Compressor

Key words

machinery - compressors; metalcraft.

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".

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

no image

Printing Machine

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.

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

no image

Oil Engine

Key words

engines horizontal cylinder

10 HP horizontal cylinder oil engine in working order. Mounted on a steel chassis with 4 wrought iron wheels. Two flywheels and one flat belt pulley. Rectangular cooling water tank and cast iron exhaust pot with vertical exhaust pipe mounted at crankshaft end. Engine painted green with pale yellow trim. Blow torch start on compression when hot bulb is of certain temperature. Mechanical water and fuel pumps.

Inscriptions & Markings

Oval brass plate fixed to cylinder "The "Blackstone" / Carter's Patent / 61892 / Quote this No. / When ordering parts / Oil Engine"

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon