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North Magdalen Laundry

Suitable for

*Large capacity*
Conferences
Events
Exhibitions
Film and Photography Shoots
Markets
Performances
Private Functions
Rehearsals
Seminars
Workshops

Dimensions

Main hall: 24m x 12.9m (307.8m²)
Boiler Room: 13.4m x 9.4m (127.1m²)
Total space: 434.9m²

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North Magdalen Laundry Venue Information Pack

Suitable for

*Large capacity*
Conferences
Events
Exhibitions
Film and Photography Shoots
Markets
Performances
Private Functions
Rehearsals
Seminars
Workshops

Dimensions

Main hall: 24m x 12.9m (307.8m²)
Boiler Room: 13.4m x 9.4m (127.1m²)
Total space: 434.9m²

Downloads

North Magdalen Laundry Venue Information Pack

About

The North Magdalen Laundry is a large, self-contained venue featuring a vaulted ceiling and clerestory windows. This versatile space can creatively configure to suit a wide range of large events, including exhibitions, conferences, and performances. The adjoining Boiler Room can be used as a backstage area or opened to create a larger working space. The Mezzanine offers an additional green room, meeting room or creative space and is available separately for hire.

During the 1920s, the Convent’s Magdalen Laundry was the largest commercial laundry in Melbourne. For close to a century, many residents of the Convent worked here, unpaid. In 2017, The Convent was inscribed on the National Heritage List, with the Magdalen Laundries and asylum buildings recognised as an important physical record for those Australians and their families known as the Forgotten Australians.

Abbotsford Convent is owned and operated by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) and is not affiliated with Good Shepherd or any other religious organisation. ACF highly recommend that all hirers learn more about the Convent history  and consider joining a guided or self-guided social history tour.

Today, the Magdalen Laundry is among the few surviving, relatively intact, examples of its type anywhere in the world. Like the rest of the Convent, the North Magdalen Laundry is a sensitive, heritage-listed space. There are some inherent heritage requirements and limitations of use incorporated into our conditions of hire. These are to protect the space for future generations and encourage creativity in approach.

Facilities

The space has numerous power outlets, truss rigging, and 3-phase power available. The venue is equipped with a ceiling speaker system, a projector and projector screen, house lights and a dimmer rack, and additional basic AV equipment is available to hirers. Our preferred AV provider, Melbourne AV, is available to assist with further AV requirements. Additional facilities including tables, chairs, whiteboards, heaters and fans are available to hirers.

For venue capacity, rates and floor plan click here.

North Magdalen Laundry in 3D

North Magdalen Laundry 3D view

Key Features

  • Large creative event space
  • Truss rigging
  • Backstage area

Accessibility

The North Magdalen Laundry is universally accessible, and the related Mezzanine space is accessible via an elevator.

Gender-neutral and accessible toilets are available within the venue

Make an enquiry

Abbotsford Convent’s varied indoor and outdoor spaces are perfect for inspiration, creativity and collaboration.

To hire a space, simply contact venuehire@abbotsfordconvent.com.au.

By hiring a space at the Convent you are supporting the long-term sustainability of our not-for-profit arts, cultural and learning precinct for everyone to enjoy.