Tori Shed – New Display is Amazing

The Tori Family is just amazing and an absolute credit to the Tori Family, especially Adam who has been working extremely hard gathering up his vast collection to fill the shed, kindly extended by the family and now filled to the brim.

When walking in you wont know where to start, It has the WOW factor.

There is not a single part of the building that hasn’t got something to look at, even the ceiling. Everything from Oil and Petrol cans to signs, Vintage engines, Large and tiny, also an incredible display of biscuit tins.

Well worth the visit. you wont be disappointed.

MVM &M Update – Mini Cog

Hi everyone,

Just a little note to let you all know, that we are having a good around and realise that we are running out of room here at the Museum. Its time to look at our future plans and where we think we might like to be in 5-10 years.

During this time we have been made to look and update the Facebook and web page as well. There is still so many jobs to do, if you have a spare couple of days we certainly could find you something to do,

Although our history hasn’t changed much the Museum has certainly evolved and grown since the “About us” section was last update. So we are working on this.

Covid 19 is still causing a little bit of problem but generally if we aren’t in Lockdown the Museum is open on days identified. If closed we will announce this on the museums Facebook Page.

Keep and eye out for the next AGM and membership for 2021-22 is now due.

We hope you are all well, enjoying you family and friends. Especially getting to play with the toys we all enjoys

The Cog – Issue 2

Hello and welcome to the second edition of the Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum newsletter. Hope this edition finds you all well. Thank you to those who provided feedback on the first edition of the newsletter. You will find a couple of reminders in this edition of events coming up in the near future.


Mucklefest coming up on Sunday 22nd October 2017 which the museum is taking part in along with some other local community groups. This is also a fundraiser for the museum so we are looking for members to help out in the lead up to the event and on the day of the event itself.

Recent Events at the Museum

On Saturday 1st July 2017 a working bee was held to pour concrete for the fire shed extension. All went well and thanks to the crew for the works completed on the job so far.
The concrete pour in progress at the fire shed extension

On Sunday 9th July The Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum hosted a Maldon in winter concert. Everyone had a great day and there is a possibility of the museum hosting more of these concerts in the future.

Maldon in Winter concert held at the museum.

Future activities and dates for your diary.

22nd Oct 2017. Mucklefest. At Muckleford.

25th Nov 2017. (Saturday). General Meeting. 10:30am.

21st Dec 2017. Members Christmas BBQ.

30th March to 2nd April 2018 (Fri-Mon) Easter Rally.
26th May 2018. (Saturday). General Meeting. 10:30am.
25th August 2018. (Saturday). General Meeting and AGM. 10:30am.

The Cog – Issue 1

Hello and welcome to the first edition of the Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum newsletter. The aim of the newsletter is to keep members informed of what is happening in and around the museum with some articles reflecting this and also a list of future activities for your diary. Our aim is to produce the newsletter quarterly and hope that members can submit an article every so often. We are also looking for suggestions for a name for the newsletter.

Easter Rally at the museum.

Thank you to those that came along and made our Easter Rally a great success. We had a wonderful weekend with great weather and lots of fun. A big thank you to our team of dedicated workers and exhibitors who worked tirelessly over the weekend to make the weekend a great one.

Museum History

The small township of Maldon has got more history than you could poke the proverbial stick at. Starting life as a bustling gold mining town and then declining into a sleepy backwater, ensured that the majority of the town stayed intact historically. So much so that in 1965 the National Trust of Australia classified it as Australia’s first ‘notable town’ for its historical significance.

Our tiny cottages, streetscapes, mining relics and gardens, with a great deal of the town having heritage overlays that even control the colour you paint your fence.

Our Machinery Museum

In the mid 1972 a small group, the Maldon Flywheelers – machinery ‘tragics’, had the wild dream of an agricultural machinery showpiece for the town. They began gathering any discarded and superseded equipment that would fit the bill: Items that would show the vast array of machinery needed to feed, water, warm and inform the growing communities of central Victoria. Now, thanks to their sheer doggedness a 45 year old dream has come to fruition in this form of the Vintage Machinery Museum.

After years of funding submissions and VCAT appeals the Museum was formally opened in 2006. Encompassing multiple partnerships with many community groups it’s as though the whole town is involved in some way.

This museum can only be described as a Machinery heaven with many of these treasures in working order. There is all manner of agricultural machinery, from crosscut saws and artefacts and all sorts of Engines, threshers, ploughs, harrows, sorters, tillers, Sheep Equipment and hay Equipment.

Then there’s Aunty Jack, a 9 horsepower Marshall Engine, the world’s only working, Cornelius Pedis, an 1877 steam driven engine. There is the 100 year old steam driven electric generator, valued at more than $700.000 including a giant very rare marble switchboard and an equally rare upright Steam driven Pump all from Thompson’s foundry. We are currently restoring the generator to its original working condition. Then there is the Tarrangower Times (the local ‘rag’) printing press, the old town weighbridge and office and a gold crusher. Our Fire shed houses Maldon’s first fire engine and memorabilia.

Large pieces of machinery of Thompsons early manufacture have been donated and are on display. Many Thompson Pumps, mining equipment, generators etc.

Growing numbers of the general public visiting the museum continue to marvel at the way in which past generations at Thompsons were able to design and manufacture machinery for the extraction of gold, power generation, water and sewage transfer, rail and Marine engines to name a few.

The new ‘Thompsons Drawing Office’ project will provide a place where Draftspersons, students and interested personnel can visit for an insight as to how drawings were prepared prior to the computer CAD programing age.

Equipment and items manufactured from drawings in the museum’s possession are still in use today. The museum is able to provide reference for restorers of these items and therefore assist with heritage matters across Australia.

The local community has supported the Thompsons Drawing Office & Archival Collection through donations of ‘Gold Sponsorships’ totalling $25,000 towards alterations to the existing exhibit shed to accommodate a mezzanine floor in which to house and display the Drawing Office collection and an exhibition area.

The Maldon Vintage Machinery works with the Maldon Men’s Shed, Goldfields Railway, Maldon Easter Fair. Maldon Inc. Maldon Fire Brigade and Many other organisations within the community that promote History, Tourism and working together for the good of the community at large.

As a whole, the Thompsons Foundry Drawing Office and Archival collection is of State significance. The collection is historically significant as a body of evidence of a working foundry and engineering company.

The collection is also significant for its ability to demonstrate technical achievements in Australian and Victorian engineering; specifically, the company’s innovations in the area of centrifugal pumps. It also has outstanding provenance, including its current custody by knowledgeable people with a direct relationship with a number of its components.

Our collection has great research potential due to its association with places of national, state and local heritage significance around Australia, such as the Castlemaine Diggings Heritage National Park. The research potential of the collection is enhanced by the high level of intactness of the recordkeeping system and its various components, and the ability of the various archival components to inform each other.

Our Volunteers are all very proud of what we have achieved in the few years of hard work and dedication.  Entry to the museum is by donation.

Visit by U3A Digital Photography and Imaging Group

The U3A Digital Photography and Imaging Group was invited to take photos of our exhibits and on Thursday the 13th of April they arrived with their cameras and tripods.

The reason for inviting them was to amass a pool of images in a short time for use by Diane Linton and George Forster in the ongoing process of cataloguing our exhibits for inclusion on the Victorian Collections website.

There were approximately twelve photographers in the group and they wandered around for a couple of hours snapping away. At the end of the photo shoot most of them stayed on for afternoon tea.

Some of the group admitted they did not realise our museum existed. All were impressed with the range of machinery, appliances and artefacts on display.

The U3A group will load the image files on to a USB memory stick for Diane and George to match up with the exhibits for future use in the Victorian Collections catalogue.


Future activities and dates for your diary.

27th May 2017 (Saturday). General meeting. 10:30am.

26th Aug 2017. (Saturday). General Meeting and AGM. 10:30am.

22nd Oct 2017. Mucklefest. At Muckleford.

25th Nov 2017. (Saturday). General Meeting. 10:30am.

21st Dec 2017. Members Christmas BBQ.


Memories of my time at the Tarrangower Times

by Ron Adams (1938-2013)

In the early stages of my years at ‘the times’ the machinery was extremely light on with one linotype and one font of type and an old hand fed printing press which with the dedicated work by a small band or workers is back on display along with the model 78 Linotype which Victor Coppens and myself removed from a fowl pen on a property in St. Arnaud and transported to Maldon on a trailer and set it up in the new premises on Main Street.

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