The Keilor Police Hut is an important part of Brimbank’s local history. Imported during the Gold Rush, and most likely shipped from England, to form part of the Keilor Plains Police Station, this heritage building is now one of the very few surviving examples of an 1850s pre-fabricated building in Victoria.
After several years of collaborative work Council and the Keilor Historical Society, the reconstructed and restored structure now stands proudly with interpretive signage on the Harricks Cottage site at 152 Harricks Road, Keilor Park.
The Keilor Police Hut was officially opened by Brimbank Mayor Cr Jasmine Nguyen at the annual Harricks Precinct Open Day on 27 November 2021 who thanked the Historical Society for its ongoing work in pursuing the restoration of the Keilor Police Hut, and the State Government who matched Council’s contribution to the project with a Living Heritage grant of $200,000.
The restoration was funded with the help of a $200,000 Living Heritage grant from the State Government. Brimbank Council also contributed $200,000 to the project.
Community and heritage enthusiasts can now visit the restored Hut to learn about construction techniques of the 1850s and how the police force lived in times gone by. The Hut is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and the Keilor Historical Society will manage the Hut and make it available for the community to learn about its heritage through regular open days, tours of the building and more.