Thursday, April 24, 2014

Jacks Magazine

I can't remember what day it was, but it was a weekday. I wanted to see Jack's Magazine at an old explosives site in Maribyrnong. We had visited the housing site adjacent to the old powder magazine, but there were few houses there. I did have a couple online, but I can't find them now. You can make do with Daniel's photo taken in 2004.

Well, it is nothing like that now, as you can see from the photos below. We seemed unable to get into Jack's Magazine, and with its high bluestone walls and could not even see the buildings.

Where there was grass up to the banks of the Maribyrnong River, now there are apartments, lots of them. Pelicans and other assorted birds don't seem to mind.


We walked along the river bank for a bit. Acquaintances of ours had a house built there, but they did not stay there long and moved back to Sydney.


This one has a terrific position on the river bank, but it is not complete and it was clear to us that no work had been done for some time.


There is still a decent amount of open area.


More construction.


Looking over the estate from near the top. These will have city views, but we could see some of buildings underway were going to block other properties' city views.


Down within these earthen embankments is Jacks Magazine. Can't see much.


This photo is from The Age and there is an interesting little read there.


I see the same dominant building in the distance as in Daniel's photo taken ten years ago.


When we returned to the car after looking at what we could see of the magazine, a woman was getting into a car parked behind ours, the same make and model but a different blue. We stopped for some brunch at a cafe in Edgewater Road and she pulled in a parked one space away from us. Hers in the closest blue sedan, with ours next to the car next to hers.


Our brunch was delicious and served by a very attractive Middle Eastern lad. It was last hot day for the season, 30 degrees. We asked him to raise the umbrella to shade us and unlike most young people, he said he was fed up with hot weather and hoped it would cool down soon.

I had intending taking this trip on my own and using public transport to get there, but I was pleased I didn't as the hills of Edgewater Estate were quite steep. We then took a look at nearby Pipemakers Park and then our cool home beckoned us.

Later edit: Roy Ellery has some terrific photos of Jacks Magazine. You can find them here.

12 comments:

  1. Andrew, Bluestone time capsule is very interesting and so strange comparing the modern photos. But Like it.

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    1. Gosia, yes, it is very different.

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  2. Funny you should mention the old explosives site in Maribyrnong. The photos look very pleasant now but I don't suppose it was always thus. Towards the end of WW2 when my dad was a soldier, my mother worked in the Explosives Factory!

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    1. Hels, I've never really investigated, but there must have been a huge number of munition factories there.

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  3. I take it Jack's Magazine is some kind of explosives/ammunition storage building?
    Not something I would ever think of going to see, but the photos you have put up are nice. I like the buildings so close to the water, sunrise and sunset views must be pretty.

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    1. Correct River. It is a nice area, away from the hustle and bustle of the old and grimy area at the top of the hill.

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  4. Hello Andrew:

    It is always of interest to revisit somewhere which one knew in the past and to see the way in which it has, as is usually the case, changed with the passing of time.

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    1. JayLa, it was quite unrecognisable. I meant to add to the post, while remedial work was taken, most of the buildings on the flat area are on a river flood plain. I can see that ending in tears.

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  5. Great photos and very interesting post... especially since I thought "Jack's Magazine" referred to something else entirely... like "Blueboy" (magazine)!

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  6. Mitchell, Jacks Magazine is very wide open to interpretation. But of course you know it would be nothing like that from the pure me.

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  7. I managed to get a tour of Jacks Magazine back in 2013 on Remembrance Day, feel free to use any of the photos on my panoramio profile:

    http://www.panoramio.com/user/7972649/tags/Jacks%20Magazine

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    1. Great work Roy. I've put a link to your photos on the post. Thank you.

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