Works are complete at Carlton Court House, where theatre audiences can now enjoy new and improved spaces

Working Heritage initiated this project in response to the contemporary needs of this building in its use as theatre space by tenant La Mama Theatre. A new entranceway has been constructed alongside the historic Court House, which has stood on the site since 1887. The new structure provides both a brilliant architectural contrast and an all-weather area to welcome audiences. Our revitalisation has also included greater security, storage and amenity for crews and performers. These improvements make the building, used by over 10,000 people every year, more practical and welcoming for its use by La Mama, while being sensitive to the heritage fabric and significance.

Working Heritage has invested approximately $320,000 in these improvements with a valuable contribution of approximately $20,000 by La Mama. This investment will ensure its future as a premier independent theatre venue in inner-Melbourne. 


Working Heritage is now seeking potential tenants for Jack's Magazine – a remarkable former gunpowder store in Maribyrnong. 

The site is potentially suited to a wide range of uses – galleries, studios, maker spaces, urban camps, educational facilities and hospitality are some of the things that have been suggested since Working Heritage took over in 2015. Now is a key opportunity for people and organisations interested in shaping the future of Jack's Magazine to come forward. 

Jack's Magazine extends over 12 hectares, has 13 historic buildings and fronts on to the Maribyrnong River. 

A Registration of Interest process is being coordinated by Fitzroys. More information is available here:


Saturday 29 July is your chance to visit Jack's Magazine – the compelling former gunpowder storage facility by the banks of the Maribyrnong River. 

Working Heritage is opening the site – usually closed to the public to the public – as part of the Open House Melbourne weekend in 2017. Visitors will be invited inside to explore its buildings, tramways, tunnels and unusual earthmounds.

Melbourne Open House invites people to explore outstanding houses, buildings, infrastructure and landscapes that illustrate our rich history, reflect how we live and work, and offer insights into our future city.

Visit Open House Melbourne for more details.

Ballan Court House

A revived country courthouse

45–47 Steiglitz Street, Ballan


t: 9600 1667

Southern Gatehouse
Former Royal Melbourne Mint
280 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


PO Box 13287
Law Courts Post Office
277 William Street
Melbourne VIC 8010


Permanent and casual parking
is available at the Mint Car Park,
280 William Street, Melbourne.

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