A local showcase of machinery that worked the land and the townships of Maldon and Castlemaine and that pioneered the way we live today.
The Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum has a huge and varied collection of all kinds of machinery. From a Merryweather and Sons hand-pumped fire appliance to an operating Linotype machine which was used in the printing industry. There is the only known Cornelius Pettet steam pump in the world and lots of engines of various kinds. The museum has a strong emphasis on the products of Thompson and Co of Castlemaine, one of the largest machinery manufacturers in Australia in the 19th and early 20th century. The museum collection includes several steam engines, a driveshaft from the old Castlemaine Woollen Mill used to drive many spinning and weaving machines, the Otley Printing Press that used to print the Tarrangower Times newspaper, the wooden Tarrangower Times truck and Maldon's very first fire truck from 1899. Entry is FREE into the museum although donations are always welcome.
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