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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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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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Pressure Testing Pump

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.

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Drive Belts

Key words

weaving
manufacturing
wool

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.

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Vertical Petrol Engine

Key words

machinery ... engine ... petrol ... metalwork

Water cooled vertical cylinder stationary petrol engine with magneto ignition. Painted green and black. Two flywheels. Cylindrical fuel tank mounted in front of the engine. Galvanised iron cooling water tank mounted on a stand behind the engine. All mounted on a steel frame with casters.

Inscriptions & Markings

On a cast crank-case cover :- "Manufactured by / R. A. Lister / & Co. Ltd. / 2 1/2 HP No. 2727 / Dursley England"

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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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Washboards, Glass

Key words

domestic items - laundry;

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.

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Treadle Lathe

Key words

machinery; tools; metalwork

Treadle lath for metal turning. Some brass accessories for metal working are laid out on a timber bench attached to the back of the lathe. Painted gunmetal grey and mounted on a black wooden platform for display purposes.

Historical information

The first metal working machine used by David & James Thompson in 1878. Brought by ship by David Thompson who used it on the journey to make working models.

Significance

The first machine used by David & James Thompson in their engineering section.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

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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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Invalid Car

Key words

transport ..... motor ...... invalid

Battery powered invalid tricycle. Black body-work, wire spoked wheels, 2 small headlights. Appears to be built to accommodate a reclining figure. Contains 2 crimson corduroy cushions, one solid seat cushion filled with Dunlopillo, the other a rectangular back-rest cushion filled with latex foam rubber. Original seat cushion had sage green top with blue/white striped mattress ticking sides & back. Original back support cushion had a cloth label - see below.

Inscriptions & Markings

On an aluminium plate on top of the electric motor :- "Chassis No. 2067, Type EC2, 24-36 volts / RPM 2700 Serial No. 2161". On back cushion: "TEX Foam / Yours for restful sleep / Contents / New Latex Foam / Made by TEXFOAM PTY LTD. Mordialloc. Victoria"

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Slide Rules

Key words

drafting
trades
engineering

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.

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Drawing Set, Pouched

Key words

trades
drafting
containers

.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".

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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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One Ton Truck

Graham Brothers flat bed one ton truck. In-line four cylinder engine. Blue body with white engine housing, red engine block, cream wheel trim and upholstery maroon chasis. Natural timber seat frame, tray and running boards. Chrome radiator housing and headlights. Retrofitted electric turning indicators.

Significance

Used in annual Maldon Easter parade.

Inscriptions & Markings

Etched plate on dashboard "1 Ton CAUTION Truck / Over-loading or over-speeding / will void your warranty / Speed 25 miles per hour / Maximum allowable load capacity 2000 lbs / Allowable for weight of body 1000 lbs / Total weight of chassis body -------- / and load not to exceed 5515 lbs / deduct excess body weight from rated load / Graham Brothers Detroit. U. S. A. / A division of Dodge Brothers Inc." On cast wheel hub nuts "GB"

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Pump - Centrifugal

Key words

machinery; pump; centrifugal; metalwork

Centrifugal pump mustard paint colour, sectioned to reveal interior for display purposes. Cut edges outlined in red. Single stage pump.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class KL ISO, Pump No 039-366, size 80x50x200, AKP 2127/H.

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Sewing Machine

Key words

domestic items sewing machinery

Singer sewing machine without base, decorated with stylised flowers (as per VMVM 27). Hand operated with flywheel.

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'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.

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Pump - Centrifugal

Grey painted Ingersoll Rand centrifugal pump mounted on a white painted metal base. Sectioned to expose interior for display purposes. Clear oil level chamber on side of bearing housing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ingersoll Rand 1" x 1 1/2" Type GRP. Serial No 89/7092

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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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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.

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DC Generator - Steam Powered

Key words

machinery; generator; steam engine; metalwork

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.

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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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PRINT-TYPE CABINET

Key words

trades; printing; woodwork; handcrafts; carpentry

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 .

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Blower - Centrifugal

Key words

machinery; blower; centrifugal; metalwork

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.

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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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Manometer

Key words

instruments
pressure

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

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Sewing Machine

Key words

domestic items sewing machinery

Singer sewing machine mounted on a wooden base. Oval gold coloured metal plate on arm support near handle. Hand operated.

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

Key words

documents
pamphlets
machinery
pumps
trades
metal working
engineering

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.

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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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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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