Jack's Magazine, the remarkable former explosives store by the banks of the Maribyrnong River, is regularly open to the public via guided tours. Bookings are essential and can be made via www.jacksmagazine.org.au

For groups of between 15–20 we may be able to organise a private tour. Please email your enquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Working Heritage also opens up the site for special events like Open House Melbourne

More information available via www.jacksmagazine.org.au



Working Heritage is undertaking remediation works on the historic perimeter wall of the Former Royal Mint.

Sections of the brick wall have gradually shifted from their original position. This project will conserve the historic wall and ensure there is no further movement. Works involve excavating along the inside of the wall, improving drainage and constructing a new internal retaining wall. The $3 million project represents a significant investment by Working Heritage in the future of this historic site. 

These works will take place from March–November 2018. There will be construction activity throughout the site during this time – please take care. The Mint Car Park will contiue to operate at reduced capacity.

The Royal Mint operated from 1872, producing colonial and Australian coinage for 96 years. An extensive factory complex once occupied much of the site. The impressive brick walls have stood since 1870, when they were built to provide security and to retain the earth that forms the flat site in an area that slopes downhill to the east.

June update

Casual car park users please note that due to the extent of these works the capacity of the car park is now restricted – casual parking spots are usually full by 9am. We apologise for the inconvenience. 


Creative Victoria has provided generous support for a proposal to transform Warracknabeal Court House into a space for art and artists. The $75,000, provided through the Creative State Commissions, will support the further development and exploration of the proposal to transform the historic building into a creative work and exhibition space and construct a new building on site to double as an artist residence and art hotel. 

Ilbijerri Theatre Company were well-deserved major winners under the scheme. 

This project – led by Matthew Bird, Charity Edwards and Tom Morgan of Monash University Art Design & Architecture (MADA) in partnership with Working Heritage – was shortlisted for funding in early 2018. Throughout April and May 2018 a team from Working Heritage and MADA visited the Wimmera Mallee to learn more about the builidng and its context and talk to local people about their ideas.

Work will now continue to develop the idea and secure additional funding. 

Find out more 

Clunes School of Mines

The gabled, Gothic hall

Service Street, Clunes



t: 9600 1667
e: info@workingheritage.com.au

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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