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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

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

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Wool Winder

Key words

handcrafts spinning wool winding

.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"

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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

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Petrol Pump

Key words

automotive
petrol pump

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.

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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.

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Steam Engine

Key words

machinery; engines; steam power source

Horizontal steam engine driving a flat belt pulley. Pulley shaft at right angles to engine shaft also carries a large flywheel. A mechanical oiler mounted on the engine base is activated by the engine valve shaft. Engine cylinder and valve housing painted dark green. Engine base, pulley and flywheel painted maroon. Oiler painted mid green.

Historical information

Thought to be the world's only working example of this engine. Used for driving overhead shafts in workshops, sawmills etc. Restored by members of the MVMM. Found at the Demsters property Shelbourne.

Significance

Thought to be the only one of its kind in the world.

Inscriptions & Markings

On engine valve box cover - Light green cast iron oval plate with "Cornelius Pettet / Engineer / Edinburgh" Brass plate on oiler - "Delvac Mechanical Lubricator / Design No 18376 / Made for and supplied by / Vacuum Oil Company Pty. Ltd. / Australia"

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Perforating Machine

Key words

trades; printing; machinery;

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.

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Drawing Machine

Key words

drafting
engineering

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"

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Drill Press

Key words

trades
metal working

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.

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Sewing Machine

Key words

domestic items sewing machinery

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

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Wooden Trays

Key words

domestic items
trays
trades
carpentary

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.

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Car Jack

Key words

tools
automotive
servicing

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"

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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".

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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.

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Pump - Centrifugal

Key words

machinery; pump; centrifugal; self priming; metalwork

Single stage self priming centrifugal pump with part of casing cut away to reveal interior. 1 1/2" suction and discharge branches. Painted metallic blue.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cast in relief on front "KL / Pegson"

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Guillotine

Key words

trades printing machinery

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.

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Pump - Centrifugal

Single stage double suction centrifugal pump painted dark green and mounted on a wooden pallet. Top half of split casing fixed in open (hinged) position to reveal interior.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass name plate with serial number - 20384, size - 1 1/2", pump class - C.

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Type Cabinet

Key words

trades printing

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.

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Sewing Machine

Key words

singer; sewing machines; domestic items; handcrafts

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

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Pump - Centrifugal

Key words

machinery pumps centrifugal metal

Painted light green with moving parts and bolts picked out in black. End suction, overshot discharge Bolted to a wooden base. V belt driven.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass specification on sides - "Suction pump manufactured for Victorian Railways in 1930. Model H" Elaborate monogram in black on side denoting Kelly & Lewis Pumps. Brass plate with Kelly & Lewis Ltd / Centrifugal Pump / Type W.

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Leaflet - Thompson / Class "BG" Pumps

Key words

documents
pamphlets
machinery
pumps
engineering

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.

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Motor Mower

Key words

machinery
domestic
lawn mowing

"Victa" 2-stroke lawn mower with rope start. Coloured green with plastic and rubber wheels. Height adjustment on each wheel. Early model with circular base, snorkel air intake and two blades.

Significance

Early model VICTA lawn mower.

Inscriptions & Markings

Aluminium plate on front "VICTA" in silver on red background.

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Drafting Set, Boxed

Key words

instruments
trades
drafting
containers

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"

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STAPLER

Key words

trades; printing; book binding.

Floor standing, foot operated stapler, painted green.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on small metal plate on front of mechanism "MULTINAK"

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Booklet

Key words

documents
pamphlets
trades
metal working
engineering

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.

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Fergie Tractor

Key words

rural industry - farm machinery;

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?".

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Blue Prints

Key words

documents
technical
metal working
drafting
pumping

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.

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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.

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Sewing Machine

Key words

dometsic items sewing machinery

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"

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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".

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Bandsaw

Key words

trades
carpenttry

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.

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