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This bench drill was made during World War Two by an enterprising group of six fitters and turners, one of them being my father, Bill. They worked in different workshops around Melbourne, doing essential War work and obviously some non-essential work as well!


Somehow,...

The State University of New York (SUNY)  has introduced it's Art-O-Mat machine, in a northern New York first. The new amenity was placed in the University with the aim to help students, staff and the wider community with access to quick art to 'brighten' their days....

 Paynesville Maritime Museum, in Victoria, has yet another piece of history from the local area, with the generous donation of a ‘home-made’ electric outboard motor.


An enterprising innovator has taken War surplus parts and combined them into a small motor capable of p...

July 18, 2019

Manufactured by the Witte Engine Works of Kansas City, USA and distributed in Queensland by Clark & Fauset of Brisbane where it received the 'Emu' alias.

This engine was originally purchased by my late uncle around 1915. Its early life was spent cutting chaff, milling g...

Picture yourself sitting in the middle of the Victorian high country, taking in the scenery and serenity, when the peace and calm is interrupted by a resonating doof, doof, doof sound, like heavy metal music, at 190 beats per minute. Not your cup of tea? Think again.

Th...

John was born into a farming family in the UK, in 1934, and as a lad of just seven years old, he would be kept home from school at various times to assist his father with his steam engines doing contractual work for other farmers. They would thresh corn, cut grass to m...

Since its inception in the USA in 1991, the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club (ACMOC) has fostered the establishment of individual representative Chapters to allow like-minded member groups the opportunity to gather at a local level and support the goal of the...

Waynen Grenning, of New York, has presented, unequivocally, the greatest book on flame ignition engines ever written. Literally, nothing compares with the scholarly breadth and depth of his research, and the clarity of his written word. The overall quality of the prese...

My involvement with a Barber-Greene bucket loading elevator started, when I bumped into an old acquaintance, and the conversation got around to how we were filling in our days. I told him that I had become involved with vintage machinery restoration as, at that time, I...

Never in a million years would I have expected to own a portable steam engine. I picked up the bones of the steam engine from St George in southern Queensland some 18 months ago. Many parts had been used to restore another larger model which Ab Brimblecombe of Toowoomb...

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