RANAD Somerton: "Y" Labs

Greenvale, Victoria, Australia (Hume City)

22 km distance from Melbourne Town Hall.
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RANAD Somerton: Y Labs
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These four buildings comprising Cordite Lab, Shell Lab, Pyrotechnics Lab and a change room are located inside the former Royal Australian Navy Armaments Depot (RANAD) at Somerton (now officially inside Greenvale's borders). They were built near the end of WWII and were used up to the time the base was decommissioned around the year 2000. They are adjacent to the Greenvale Reservoir and can be seen from the public land inside the reservoir park. The former RANAD land is currently privately owned by a residential developer, but this portion will become part of the reservoir's water catchment area in the future. Note the extensive use of asbestos sheeting, the lightning arrestors and grounding straps placed liberally around the buildings, and the thick concrete walls between them.

Image Copyright (C) by Rowan Crowe



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