The abandoned factory we waited seven months for
The second site we visited on Sunday was one we started staking out last August. The first time we went there, two of our crew got in, only for a car to drive up to the main gate and gain access with a swipe card. We didn’t know who it was, so the two guys inside hid for about half an hour until it was safe to make a hasty exit. They reported that the place did indeed appear completely abandoned though. And untouched by taggers/vandals.
So we kept our eyes on it whilst busying ourselves with other adventures, and were about to return, when Psalm beat us to it. Damn that Psalm. He always gets to the good places first
It was good to finally get a chance to explore the factory – it’s massive – but demolition has already commenced, and I’d say this place will be completely gone in a matter of weeks. I got a mini-workout getting in to and out of the place as well.
There were old living quarters upstairs: little bedrooms complete with built-in wardrobes, kitchenettes whose once-sunny shades of paint are now faded and peeling. It has those beautiful sawtooth roofs that a lot of Melbourne’s early factories had (and these types of buildings really should be preserved).
A different section of the factory yielded several more staircases, and we were delighted to find that there were in fact two more floors above. A large room at the top has a raised platform, what seems to have been a small stage – did the workers have social events here after hours perhaps? There is also a massive kitchen area, followed by a large, empty room decorated with ripped, golden brown curtains and layers of dust. This must have once been their cafeteria.
There were a couple of other cool things we found. I’m not giving those away though…
Here are some shots from the factory:
x Kitten of Doom