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"


The Turon Technology Museum is a member of the "Cudgegong Valley Museums Group Inc"

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73 Herbert St Gulgong NSW 2852
Phone 02 6374 1513

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147 Mayne St Gulgong NSW 2852
Phone 02 6374 2049

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22 Buchanan St Kandos NSW 2848
Phone 02 6379 4600

Colonial Inn Museum.
126 Market St Mudgee NSW 2850
Phone 02 6372 7395

The Cottage Museum and Bridge View Inn.
28 Louee St Rylstone NSW 2849
Phone 02 6379 1840

The Turon Technology Museum (Museum of Power) displays the engines of the Industrial Revolution covering the period 1850-1950.


What is it?

Our exhibits show the development of steam and internal engine, the transition to the internal combustion engine and its development, also the lateral thinking which developed the turbine - the steam engine of the 20th century.

Yes, this computer is steam powered - whether the steam is generated by coal or nuclear fuel is immaterial - a steam engine turned the alternator to make the electricity to make your computer work.

Where is it?

Situated just three hours drive from Sydney lies one of Australia's more unusual museums. It's at 5833 Ilford Road, Sofala, in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales.

If you are in a rush, don't come! Our guided tours take two hours and many visitors stay five hours or more, enjoying the surroundings while they have a lazy lunch.


Our exhibits

The exhibits are set out in seven buildings: starting with an c1845 horizontal steam engine and an 1866 Marshall portable engine (believed to be the oldest Marshall product in the world and the oldest documented portable in Australia) through to vertical and horizontal engines of the early 1900s. Then to kerosene diesel (1904) and on to the internal combustion engines of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, culminating with an English Electric Diesel engine of 2,200 BHP weighing in at 61 tons.

Charles Parsons' inventions are represented by a diminutive 32 volt locomotive turbine, a 67 BHP Parsons turbine and a 750BHP Metropolitan Vickers turbine.


The Museum complex

Collection Highlights

  • Tangye Suction Gas Engine
  • Fowler steam roller
  • 3 Marshall portable engines
  • Hornsby portable engine
  • Ransom Portable Engine
  • 14 vertical steam engines
  • 5 horizontal steam engines
  • "V" twin steam engine
  • 3-cylinder radial steam engine
  • 3 turbines
  • 2 steam winches
  • 10 non-rotating steam pumps
  • 7 compressors
  • 10 of the above are all of heritage significance
  • 13 internal combustion engines (diesel, petrol and kerosene)
  • Stirling Hot Air Engine
  • 6 tractors
  • plus numerous instruments, gauges and pumps


Each exhibit has a display card giving full information, while the cards on the walls of the museum list the engineering achievements of the century.

Our guides reveal the personal history behind the exhibits, how they fitted into society and how the needs of society changed the design of the engines.


New Opening Days

Due to the rise in the dollar and the decline in local tourism, the Museum is now open every second weekend.

Each of the following days from 10am till 4pm
Coach and Group Bookings accepted at any time, but you must Book first !
Minimum of 20 in a group booking

September 2015
Saturday 12th
Sunday 13th

October 2015
Saturday 10th
Sunday 11th
Saturday 24th

November 2015
Saturday 7th
Sunday 8th
Saturday 21st

December 2015
Saturday 5th
Sunday 6th
Saturday 19th
Sunday 20th

Inside the live steam display



Admission $8 per person inc GST

$24 family, (2 Adults,Children under 18)

Free for Children under 12

*The Admission Charge includes a guided tour of the exhibits, after which visitors are encouraged to revisit exhibits which particularly interest them.


  • Toilets
  • Picnic area
  • Disabled access
  • Buses welcome (groups please book)
  • Catering arranged
  • Parking for up to 100 vehicles


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