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Documenting and preserving the stories and the images of the people and places of Melbourne's West since 1984

 

 

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Pipemakers Park, Van Ness Avenue,
Maribyrnong. Melway Map 28 B10

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park history - pipemakers park

introduction

The following exhibition was produced in 1989 when the Museum moved to occupy the old Fitters and Turners Workshop at PIpemaker Park. Production of this exhibition was orginally sponsored by Highpoint Shopping Centre.

In 1996 a thorough study was done of the site and presented in a report titled 'Pipemakers Park Maribyrnong, Conservation Analysis', that report is available here to download as a pdf file.

Pipemakers Park Maribyrnong, Conservation Analysis (12mb pdf)


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the making of pipemakers park

In 1979, Hume Ltd. Left the site at Maribyrnong and moved to Laverton where they built a new automated factory. The Board of Works bought the land and local people expressed their support for the concept of a new park and the preservation of the historic buildings on the site.

A Community Employment Program grant helped to develop the new park. A Bicentennial grant of $2 million from Federal and State governments made possible repairs, renovations, and landscaping under the management of the Board of Works. Local people, including children, have planted trees. Former workers at Maribyrnong have helped tell the story of the site by recalling their days at the factory here.

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BOARD 1
the making of pipemakers park

BOARD 2
ancient river valley
aboriginal camp site

BOARD 3
locomotives
sheep to tallow

BOARD 4
meat cannery

BOARD 5
export to world
refridgeration pioneer

BOARD 6
quarrying + pipemaking

BOARD 7
pipemakers

BOARD 8
pipes to the world

 

maribyrnong

LMW is supported by Parks Victoria and the City of Maribyrnong

Pipemakers Park is managed by the City of Maribyrnong.

 

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