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Whats on this Autumn?


Events and Activities

Sunday 21 April, 10 am - 5 pm
Writers at Pipermakers Park!
Writers Kerry Greenwood, Arnold Zable, Olwen Ford, Enza Gandolfo and Tony Le Nguyen will engage with participants in the evocative heritage buildings, river frontage and History of the Land Gardens at Pipemakers Park. The Museum archives, collection and exhibitions, highlighting evolution of local history and heritage will provide a focus for workshops and the basis for exploration of the writer's intimate relationship with research and writing, how research is drawn upon to create fiction or non-fiction, short stories, novels or memoirs.

Adults $40, Concession $25, School Children $25, National Trust or Museum Members $30 (LUNCH provided)
Bookings Peggy Cole: 0438 076 425

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Sunday 28 April 1.45 - 5 pm
Presented by the Inner West Branch of the National Trust of Australia (Vic), Footscray Historical Society, Melbourne's Living Museum of the West and Maribyrnong City Council.
A celebration and exploration of the new location of the ANZAC Plaques from Gellong Road, the centenary of Footscray Park, the centenary of the naming of the Maribyrnong River, the story of the Clarke Challenge Cup of the Footscray Rowing Club, a walk or boat trip to the Living Museum in Pipemakers Park with afternoon tea and a Museum tour.
Recommended: Walking shoes and drinking water
Departing from: Footscray Park (main gate) Corner Ballarat Road and Mills Close, Footscray. 1.45 pm

Adults $5, Concession $5, Children $5
National Trust and Museum Mebers $5
Bookings: 8663 7260 or bookings@nattrust.com.au

The Cycle Saloon
Learn how to fix your bike, enthusiast and bike mechanic Glen Mason has the tools and expertise on hand, next to the bike path and under the shade of the peppercorn trees.
Check out Glen's wordpress site for details and updates.

Friend's of Pipemakers Park
The Tuesday's gardening team. Come and learn about the park and the native plant species. Lend a hand, pull up some weeds, meet in the History of the Land Gardens every Tuesday and the first Sunday of each month.


In Pipemakers Park

In the woodlands
golden wattle in flower, first flowering of chocolate lilies, tree violet flowering. Casemoth caterpillars cutting sticks; earthworms crawl across paths after rain; snails active. Newly-flowering eucalypts attract many honey-eaters; noisy minerscall loudly at dawn.

In the wetlands
frog chorus on still nights, blooms of daphnia water fleas

The Pioneer Womens Shelter
This small shelter on the banks of the Maribyrnong commerorates six women who started the first hotels, schools and punts across the river last century.

The History of the Land Gardens
This imaginative and much-loved garden, funded and developed through Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West, in consultation with Parks Victoria, will continue to be a valuable resource in telling the story of the river valley and the region and an important component of the total park interpretation program.


At the Visitor Centre

Open Sunday and Friday 11 to 3pm
(closed December 21 until February 2013)

Admission: Free


Currently in the Visitor Centre are a selection of displays from our exhibitions including:

Billie Tea Tales
- interactive animated story screen

The History of Pipemakers Park - a display about the history of the site from sheep, tinned meats, to Humes Pipes and a park for the people.

Australia's Arsenal (extracts) -
The story of scientific invention, warfare, human interest, work environments and the plethora of information about the Ordnance Factories, the Ammunition Factories, the Explosive Factory. The “ammo” works.

Still Here - A brief history of the Aboriginal People in Melbourne's west.

Pobblebonk - Animals of the Maribyrnong River Estuary, a 10 metre photographic panorama featuring mammals, birds, reptiles and aquatic species. Exhibition weblink.

Also SCREENING in the Visitor Centre: Puddlehush: Our Stony Creek - a short film about Stony Creek one of Australia's most challenged little waterways which runs through the back streets of Sunshine and Yarraville and on to a mangrove backwash under the Westgate Bridge.

The Living Museum's exhibitions are available to be borrowed by schools and groups.


Search the Museum's database - With nearly 5000 items on record including more than 1000 maps, 1700 books, 725 audio recordings, 100 films and more than 600 photographs. The Living Museum has been collecting the stories of the people living and working in Melbourne's west since 1984.

Peruse the Museum's bookshop and library - since 1984 the Living Museum has produced and collected publications and reports about the western region of Melbourne.


In the historic Bluestone Building

During the months of August, September and October the historic bluesone building is hosting the production of Grace Under Water an animation by local filmaker Anthony Lawrence.



April 2013


Chinese youth performing the Lion Dance
for local school children



Dombai Dancers