Jack’s Magazine

Tunnels, tramways and soaring earth mounds

Magazine Way, Maribyrnong


Jack’s Magazine has been locked up, unused and inaccessible, since the 1990s. Working Heritage took on the management of Jack’s Magazine to develop uses for this remarkable place. We have carried out conservation and improvement works on a series of the buildings and  creative tenants are now utilising the space as part of the Jack's Reloaded program.

Working Heritage are opening up the site to the public through regular guided tours and participation in special events such as Open House Melbourne


Hidden away at the base of an escarpment on the Maribyrnong River, the imposing bluestone walls, magazines and earth mounds of Jack’s Magazine have connections to turning points in Victoria’s history – from the gold rush to world wars.

The magazine was opened in 1878 to safely store gunpowder imported into the colony of Victoria. The site was later provided storage for other dangerous materials used in the ammunition factories close by. Jack's Magazine spurred the growth of military industry in the area that became known as the ‘arsenal of Australia’.

The Victorian Government appointed Working Heritage to manage Jack’s Magazine in June 2015.

The future

Working Heritage is in a phase of intensive planning for the future of Jack’s Magazine. We will shortly be asking for organisations with an interest in leasing all or part of the site to come forward. 

More information

For up-to-date information about visting Jack's Magazine, activation activities, planning and management visit www.jacksmagazine.org.au


Photographs by John Gollings.

Jack’s Magazine
Jack’s Magazine


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