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Jack’s Magazine

Architect: William Wardell

City of Maribyrnong | M01

Opened in 1878 and decommissioned in the 1990s, Jack’s Magazine is an intriguing former explosives store by the banks of the Maribyrnong River. Built into an escarpment, and concealed behind a bluestone perimeter wall, it is largely hidden from view. For Open House Melbourne 2018, Working Heritage will invite visitors inside the bluestone wall for an in-depth guided tour of the tunnels, tramways and towering earth mounds of this remarkable heritage place. Visitors will have a guided walking tour of the site’s main buildings – including the cavernous 19th century gunpowder store. This is a chance to get a first-hand look at a place currently closed to the public. A must for those intrigued by Melbourne’s industrial heritage places and the opportunities for their adaptive re-use. Jack’s Magazine is a significant heritage place on Crown land managed by Working Heritage. The Victorian Government has appointed Working Heritage to conserve, adapt and revitalise Jack’s Magazine. They are now developing new uses for the site.


Print Program amendment:

Jack’s Magazine will not be open for tours on Saturday 28th July 2018, as listed in the 2018 Open House Melbourne printed program. Bookings are availble for Sunday 29th July 2018 only. See booking information below. 

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 11am-2:30pm - Booking required for this building

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Special Note: This is a walking tour. Dress for the weather conditions on the day and wear sturdy shoes essential.

  • Tour Type: M01

  • Tour Details: First release Friday 13 July 8:30 am until booked out, second release Friday 20 July 8:30 am until booked out, small booking fee applies. Tours at 11am, 1pm, running for 90 minutes, in groups of 20

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility

  • Building Type: Industrial

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 1878

  • Transport: Stop 55: Lyric St/Pridham St on route 82.

  • Photo Credit: Breeana Dunbar


Magazine Way, Maribyrnong 3032, VIC


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