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Melbourne's Breweries

The first & last factories

Melbourne's brewing industry sustained a presence in and around the city centre long into the 20th century. It outlasted other city factories and maintained industrial life among the retail and office workplaces of the city.

Brewing was Melbourne's first large-scale manufacturing industry. This exhibition outlined the history of the major brewers and their distinctive, purpose-built factories, some of which have recently been converted to other uses.

Melbourne Breweries: The First and Last Factories comprised photographs from the City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection, as well as brewery artefacts and signage loaned by Museum Victoria and the developers of the Victoria Brewery site. A feature of the exhibition was a brewing-process multimedia interactive on loan from the Powerhouse Museum.

Curated by Charles Pickett

Charles Pickett is a curator at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. He has curated and co-curated 25 exhibitions on Australian design and culture for the Powerhouse and other institutions including Sydney Customs House, Sydney Opera House, the Justice & Police Museum and the Museum of Sydney. His most recent exhibition is The 80s Are Back, which opened in late-2009 at the Powerhouse.

Charles has also published extensively. His most recent book, Homes in the Sky: Apartment Living in Australia, won the 2008 Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media.



Poster from 'Melbourne's Breweries' exhibition - showing 'MB' in large letters

Download exhibition catalogue:
Melbourne's Breweries (PDF, 6.9Mb)