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Thompsons Foundry

Architect: 1875

Castlemaine | 26

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Building Description

Thompson’s Foundry was established in 1875, operating under the Thompsons name for over 100 years and continuing today under the name of Flowserve. The company became one of the major manufacturing industries in Victoria, designing and manufacturing machinery, sluicing and dredging equipment for the mining industry, pumping plants and equipment (including equipment for the Spotswood Pumping Station), railway points and crossings and steam locomotives. Still operating today as a major designer, manufacturer and supplier of pumps. This is a unique opportunity to visit one of only a few survivors of the many engineering companies formed in nineteenth century Victoria, the then hub of manufacturing.

What's On

A rare opportunity to see inside this iconic Castlemaine industrial site. See the original board room, offices and heritage listed 1919 chimney stack, associated boiler and engine house. Learn about the sites history and current use from the employees themselves.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sunday 27 October 10am-4pm

  • Tour Type: Bookings Required, $5

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, running for 90 minutes in groups of 15

  • Access: Limited mobility. 16 years and above

  • Notes: Tour will include some access into the factory, this is a working industrial site and adherence to OH&S policies is a requirement of entry (including completion of safety briefing prior to entry and signing into site). Long clothing, covered shoes required. Bookings open 8.30am Monday 14 October, sharp. Read our booking tips to avoid disappointment.

  • Building Type: Industrial

  • Architecture Era: Victorian (1851-1901)

  • Transport: Castlemaine railway station. Receive 15% off GoGet with the code OHM15, see Top Tips For A Great Weekend page for more details.

  • Photo Credit: Stewart Donn


5 Parker St, Castlemaine VIC 3450, Castlemaine VIC


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