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Eaglehawk Mechanic’s Institute


Faithfully representing all aspects of a Mechanics Institute, including a library, free reading room, museum, billiard room and mineral collection. The design is in red brick with a classically derived entry portico. The Mechanics Institute adjacent to the Town Hall had its beginnings in 1868 when members of the Eaglehawk community formed a Public Library Committee and this led to a reading room being set up in a spare room of the Council’s new chambers. The site of the library was given to the committee in 1877 but it was not until 1883 that a tender was furnished to the design of H.E Tolhurst.

What's On

Visitors can view the original library and honour rolls. Members of the Eaglehawk Heritage Society will provide additional information on this site and other civic buildings.

Children’s activities

Join in the architectural play activities at the Eaglehawk Library housed in the historic Eaglehawk Mechanics institute. Create simple or more complex structures using lego and other materials. Let your imagination run wild!

Images: Mechanic's Institute Original Library; Mechanic's Institute Open Sign. Courtesy of Eaglehawk Heritage Society.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 22 October

Sunday 23 October

Drop-in during the opening hours, bookings not required

Age Requirements

All Ages


Fully wheelchair accessible


1 Sailors Gully Rd, Eaglehawk VIC 3556

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