Model, twin inverted cylinder steam factory engine and boiler, probably made by Cecil Albert Batten, Concord, New South Wales, Australia, date unknown
This is a nicely finished model of a steam engine and boiler. It represents a simple twin cylinder engine, a type common in factories in the nineteenth century. The integration of engine and boiler makes it a useful display object, as it demonstrates the necessity for a boiler to supply steam to an engine and of a valve on the boiler to ensure the safety of people working nearby.
Debbie Rudder, Curator, February 2012
The model was probably made by Cecil Albert Batten at 50 Queen Street, Concord, NSW, or by W Lowe, who made B1722, which was donated by Mrs Batten at the same time as this model.
Mr Batten died in November 1968, and his widow, Emily Louise Batten, donated the model to the Museum in December 1968.