Peek into the past with Glenthorne’s refurbished munition stores
When you next visit Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta be sure to check out the newly refurbished World War I (WWI) munitions stores at the park now open for viewing.
From the outside these buildings may just look like your run of the mill shed, but more than 100 years ago these unassuming structures housed a large supply of ammunition destined for the frontline of WWI.
With new interpretive signage installed, you can read all about the history of the buildings, and peak through the viewing panels to discover the original 1913 brick building inside. Take note of the mound between the 2 stores, which provided an important shield to protect one building from the accidental explosion of the other.
Prior to refurbishment, these buildings were run-down and dilapidated. The refurbishment included the removal of asbestos, graffiti, and restoration of the original doors, blast shutters, concrete floors and lime washed walls.
When visiting, please be aware that other construction works are still ongoing in the area. Please observe safety signage and do not enter construction zones.
The refurbished munitions stores and interpretation are just the first of a number of new experiences coming to the park that offer a glimpse into the unique and important history of Glenthorne and the people of its past.