ABOUT THE GISBORNE VINTAGE MACHINE SOCIETY

The Society is an incorporated body, and an entirely voluntary and non-profit organisation.

Members of the Society are a diverse group of enthusiasts, interested in vintage machinery, restoring and displaying historic oil and steam equipment, engines, farm machinery, tractors, cars and trucks, railways large and small, models, history of engineering and technology, radio transmission.

Many members have their own special interest or collection, and most get involved in some of the Society's major projects. Which projects make the most progress naturally depends on the particular skills, interests and time available of the members at the time. There is opportunity to get involved and learn new skills. The Society has workshop space, tools and equipment, and informal coaching for members either working on their own restoration projects, or getting involved in larger Society projects. A lot of both large and small equipment has been donated to the Society over the years, and members can take on responsibility and custody of a particular item.

A small team of very keen junior members is steadily growing in numbers. Members under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
A working bee is usually held at the Steam Park on the first Sunday of the month, including a BBQ at lunch time. Members can also go there at any time of the week and work on the grounds, on Society projects, or on their own projects according to their own interests.

Some of the larger items owned by the Society:

*  Ruston-Hornsby portable steam engine, ex Bullengarook sawmill.
*  Steam sugar cane locomotive, by Perry Engineering, Adelaide, 2 foot gauge.
*  Fowler steam roller, ex Essendon Council.
*  Large portable threshing machine, ex Gisborne contractor.
*  Large steam traction engine, ex Lancefield contractor.
*  McDonald diesel footpath roller.
*  Henrici Hot-Air Engine, ex Mt Macedon.
*  Miniature railway track, , 7 1/4 inch gauge, locomotive, riding cars, station.
*  Restored farm engineering workshop typical of the 1920's.

Members often attend rallies and other events arranged by other similar groups. A lot of club newsletters are exchanged, and there is always a welcome for visitors at events.

The Society participates in the Vicroads Red Number-plated Vehicle Scheme, which permits members with historic road vehicles to register them at a reduced rate for use only on limited occasions.

Since 1987 the Society has been developing facilities at the Gisborne Steam Park. Buildings include a large storage pavilion, workshop, clubhouse with kitchen and washing facilities. The area has been extensively landscaped and trees planted.

There is a 7 1/4 inch gauge miniature railway system, complete with station and train storage shed. Locomotives, carriages, rail system and buildings were all built by members. The Railway runs for the public every first Sunday of the month. A portable track is also taken to run at other Rallies and events from time to time.

A huge model train layout was donated to the Society by Charles Cord and it is operated by a very enthusiastic band of members.
There is a 2 foot gauge railway constructed for running and exhibiting a steam locomotive built by Perry Engineering in Adelaide, and which originally worked in the Queensland sugar mills, then in the saltworks near Geelong, then spent some years laid-up in a park in Niddrie, before being donated to the Society and restored by members.

A Tractor Pull course has been built, complete with safety barriers and loading ramp. It attracts a lot of participants from all over Victoria and is a big attraction at our Annual Rally on the 3rd Sunday in May.