Community welcomes new exhibition
THE Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum has welcomed an exciting new exhibition to its facility.
On Thursday history enthusiasts and community members came together to officially open the museums newest exhibition the Thompsons Foundry 1875-1974 Drawing Preservation Unit.
The new storage facility which houses historic drawings, clippings and memorabilia from the Thompsons Foundry was funded by the Frances and Harold Abbott Foundation.
More than 50,000 original drawings have been collected from the Thompsons era, which was made famous in Castlemaine.
The opening coincided with History Week Victoria celebrations.
The aim of the week was to encourage Victorians to travel back in time and discover the state's rich history.
Thomas Foundry Drawing Office Interest Group co-ordinator Paull Lahn said it was important to preserve central Victorain history.
He said the Thompsons Foundry in Castlemaine was a company that had a distinctive engineering record.
"They produced engineering and manufacturing excellence over 99 years of existence," Mr Lahn said.
"From its humble beginnings as a foundry the company went on to become a heavy engineering manufacturing facility, servicing the world."
Manufacturing business Flowserve had taken over the business and in 2009 downsized the Castlemaine facility.
He said Flowserve then planned on discarding all the historical memrobilia that had been collected, however an employee became concerned with loss of history.
Flowserve then donated the historic pieces to the Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum.
The museum is open each Saturday at noon. Entry costs $5 for adults and a $1 for children between four and 14.