Black Powder Mill takes centre stage at book launch

The children’s book The Little Black Powder Mill on the Grasslands of Cairnlea will be launched on Tuesday 8 September, 10-11am at Cairnlea Community Hub as part of the Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival.

The book highlights the mill’s original function, how the local landscape changed around it and how the mill is presently used.

It's an innovative approach to heritage awareness written for primary school-aged students but would also be appealing to younger children — which may stimulate a new generation of volunteers to help keep interest alive in the historic site.

Author and Illustrator will Present
Author Clare Brennan will speak and read at the launch while illustrator Meredith Thomas will present her image-making process. Ms Brennan is a community activist, grandmother and author. She has lived in Brimbank for 43 years. Her work as part of the Friends of the Black Powder Mill group has been vital in preserving the mill. Ms Thomas is an artist, author and has illustrated many books. She lives in Brimbank with her family.

The book is presented by Friends of the Black Powder Mill. The mill is one of Brimbank’s historic sites and is owned by Brimbank City Council.

The Little Black Powder Mill on the Grasslands of Cairnlea was developed with the support of a Brimbank City Council Community Grant 2014/15.


The Little Black Powder Mill Book Launch, Tuesday 8 September, 10-11am
The book is available at a cost of $7. Light refreshments will be provided at the launch.

RSVP to Cairnlea Community Hub

59 Carmody Drive near Furlong Road
Cairnlea, 3023
9249 4800