It's worse than that some places. Yesterday I went with the boss to a barn outside of town here. Saw a trailer backed up to it when we pulled in, had one of the import "toolroom" lathes sold by KBC on it,
14 X 40. Sold for $300. IN the barn, Milwaukee mill, big one, with box containing most of the attachments for it including universal dividing head, don't think they'll find any takers for that. Not the production model, this one had all the swings and movements on the table. Number 4 Morey turret lathe, seemed to be in fair condition once all the crud was taken off and the other junk removed, probably going for scrap. Two grinders, a Heald internal and a Heald rotary surface grinder. Little rotary grinder was cute, the table couldn't have been more than eight inches diameter. Tons of carbides, the smallest which seemed to be about 3/4, going up to 1 1/2 inch square. (Brazed tools) About all I found was three of the old overhead drive type grinding attachments for bench lathes, the spindles for tool post grinding, and a 1" to #1 Morse sleeve that will work nicely in my older turrets. Hate to see it going to the scrapyard, but don't have any room for stuff that big and heavy. (But I might go look at the little Heald again, it's interesting.)
If anyone in the south east Wisconsin area needs one hell of a big mill, I can steer them on to it. My guess is that it will go for much less than $1000, the owner just wants it out of his barn. The Morey might be worth looking into, too. Didn't see any collets, but that doesn't mean they aren't there.
Darren, Shipping is not as expensive as everyone states. If you were serious about this, purchase a 20' shipping container and load it yourself. Call a shipper to pick it up. Australia from the West Coast would probably be $2500 to $3000. Sell the container in Australia. Your max weight I think is 24 metric tons. You can put a lot of machinery and tools in a 20 footer. Steve