The Oldest Australian Made Steam Engine - Sydney Circa 1845  
"The Steam Engine, then, we may justly look upon as the noblest machine ever invented by man-the pride of the machinist, the admiration of the observer"
 
  
 
 
 

 
 
Tangye "Soho" c 1875, 8" x 9" stroke, 16 hp Tangye "Soho" c 1875, 8" x 9" stroke, 16 hp. This engine was manufactured before the Gold Medal was won at the 1878 Paris Expo. Its number, "9", suggests it was one of the first to enter Australia.
   
Ransom Head and Jeffries, 1883. 3 nhp = 18 bhp, 14 kw. Single cylinder double acting. Imported one of three (@ 135 pounds each) for Samuel Terry. Ranson Head and Jeffries, 1883. 3 nhp = 18 bhp, 14 kw
   
Marshall Portable engine 415, 1866. Marshall Portable engine 415, 1866. this is reputed to be the oldest surviving Marshall product in the world and the oldest documented portable in Australia. At 2.5 nhp (11 kw) this diminutive engine worked at Bourke, NSW.
   
Orr and Sembower, c 1890, 8" x 8" 14 hp (11 kw) bedless or split frame engine. Used in timber industry in Washington and Oregon states to drive drag saw cutting logs into 16 foot lengths to go on trains to the saw mills. The only operating example in Australia. Orr and Sembower, c 1890, 8" x 8" 14 hp (11 kw) bedless engine.
   
Orr and Sembower, c 1910, 4" x 4" stroke (c 5 kw). Typical small factory engine. Orr and Sembower, c 1910, 4" x 4" stroke (c 5 kw). Typical small factory engine.
   
Ronaldson Bros & Tippett of Ballarat, Victoria. 6 nhp (22.5 kw). Built 1920 of 1904 design. Kerosene engine, no carburettor or ignition system. Drove a 10-stand shearing shed at Breadalbane. Ronaldson Bros & Tippett of Ballarat, Victoria. 6 nhp (22.5 kw).

 
         
   
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