Geoff's steam engines from Oceania

Australia and New Zealand have between them about 25 toy steam manufacturers.

I have examples from four of them.

Monarch vertical steam engine

Made by the Weldon Manufacturing Co, 87 Whiteman St, South Melbourne.
They date from around 1950. This engine was also marketed under the 'Monarch' name.


A much larger engine than the Renown 101, standing at 10" overal height with a boiler size of 4"x3"

My version doesn't have a safety valve. It relies on steam pressure to lift the cylinder off the backing plate.



These engines were made in Melbourne, Victoria Australia,

Probably dating from 1948 up to the early 60s.

These engines come in two versions, the earlier ones had a round cylinder and the later ones, a run of about 400, it has the square cylinder.

The logo's were either Parken or Haussegger.


This is a square cylinder engine, one of the 400 made at a later date.


Renown 101

Made in Barry Avenue, Mortdale, Sydney.

Renown engines date back to just after WW2. Four models were made,

Renown 101, Renown 101 with windmill, Renown steam roller 105 and an
'O' gauge 0-4-0T loco.


Renown 101



Renown SR 105

This SR utilised a lot of components from the vertical model.

The boiler with some modifications and the piston and cylinder assembly are all from the 101.


The motive power is the same as on the New Zealand Steam rollers by Cranko and Auld with a friction drive to the back rollers.