Steam engine (portable); Marshall & Sons; c. 1900; GSM_00005


Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre


Steam engine (portable)

About this object

A single cylinder, wood fired portable steam engine. It would have been moved to the job by bullocks or horses.

This engine was used in sawmills at the Camden and Ringarooma, Tasmania. This is possibly the last surviving portable steam engine that was used in the district. .

Tom Diprose restored this engine in the 1980s using components from two others.


Marshall & Sons

Maker Role


Date Made

c. 1900

Place Made

United Kingdom

Place Notes

Gainsborough , England

Medium and Materials


Inscription and Marks

On rear: 'Marshall Sons & Co / Ltd / Engineers / Gainsborough / England ';
'No 2285'
'PIO 85'
'Thos. Robinson & Co. / agents Melbourne '; impressed: 'T16775' ; '784' ; 'A61'
on stoke hole door:' 0258'
On wheel hubs: 'Marshall & Sons Co. / Gainsborough'


364cm (l) x 202cm (w) x 280cm (height to top of flywheel)

Subject and Association Keywords

steam engines

Subject and Association Keywords

timber (lumber)

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Ringarooma, Tasmania

Subject and Association Keywords

West Maurice, Tasmania

Subject and Association Keywords

Camden, Tasmania


Diprose collection

Object Type

steam engines (engines)

Object number


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