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BLACK POWDER MILL: See Where Gunpowder Was Once Made

Hear the 1000-year-old story of gunpowder, its place in world history, civilian and military. Discover 100 years of explosives production in Melbourne's West. Learn about the heritage significance of the Black Powder Mill. See the restored Mill machinery. Experience a demonstration of Black Powder.

What is Black Powder?
Why has it been so important in history?
Why is a Gunpowder Mill located in suburban Cairnlea?
What is unique about an explosives processing building?
Why is the Mill heritage listed?
Why and where were explosives manufactured in Melbourne’s west?

The Black Powder Mill is the only such building remaining from the several explosives manufacturing facilities formerly sited in Melbourne’s west.
It is located on its original site, with the original plant intact and in working order.
It is recognised as of national significance by Engineering Heritage Australia.
It is a reminder of the thousands of munitions industry workers employed in wartime and the post-war migrant years.
The demonstration of Black Powder will include the firing of 18th & 19th century firearms by the Historical Re-enactment Society of Australia Incorporated.
Books and DVDs will be on sale.
The Black Powder Mill, owned by Brimbank City Council, received the Brimbank Cultural, Arts & Tourism Award, 2018.

Event date

Event Details

Parklea Avenue, Cairnlea, Victoria

At the southern corner of Parklea Avenue and Grassy Point Road, Cairnlea, Vic, 3023, Melway 25 F6.
Approach via Parklea Avenue off Furlong Road or by Grassy Point Road off Station Road, Cairnlea.
Disabled parking in Grassy Point Road.
GPS: -37.76326741618078, 144.77798994016536


10.30am to 3.30pm. Talks and demonstrations at 11.00am and 1.30pm

Entry fees:
Attendance limit:
50 - 100
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
Parking in nearby streets. Please respect our neighbours. Limited refreshments will be available.