THE BUTTER FACTORY, or BUTTERLAND as it is affectionately known today, is an incredible & unique space available for hire for photography shoots or as a location for film. The space is also available for hire for other creative practices including events & workshops.
Butterland was built in 1904 in the Victorian gold rush township of Newstead, 16kms from Castlemaine and 37kms from Daylesford. The Butter Factory operated as a successful dairy until 1975. In the early 80’s it became a candle factory and manufacturing continued on the site until 2009. Furniture maker Greg Hatton and florist Katie Marx took possession of the site in January 2010. Since then major works have been undertaken to restore the building to its original condition and give it new life making the property a unique location for so many purposes. As of 2013, the building has been heritage listed.
Butterland’s various incarnations have contributed to it’s historic charm. A red brick exterior, towering chimney stack and original front signage are all notable features seen from the road. On entrance, the post industrial interior features high ceilings, original hexagonal tiled walls and fireplaces & huge windows which allow the rooms to be filled with natural light. This main room has become a favourite for photographers requiring a bright & ambient space.
The surrounding grounds are a feature in themselves. An acre of land & garden surround the building with several veggie patches, plenty of fruit trees & a spacious lawn area. There’s a concrete pool in an old sump tank, 4 sheds (3 older ones and 1 new work shed) and a disused railway line that runs along the back of the property.
Recently acquired land next door allows a sweeping view through the eucalypts and has a spectacular western aspect which sees the sun set through the gums on the horizon.
Butterland is surrounded by iconic Australian bushland, dusty dirt roads and farmland. It’s a short walk from the centre of town where you’ll find a general store, pub, cafe, old school butcher, a motel and other accommodation options. A community pool, playground & an historic railway station are also nearby. The Loddon River, north central Victoria’s largest river, runs through the town.
In addition there are several areas of the property (usually private) available for extra hire fees such as a workshop & an apartment which features a bathroom filled with plants. This applies also to location props such as vehicles which include a beige 1950’s HR Holden Ute, a gunmetal grey Series 1 Land Rover and a white 1990’s Land Rover Defender, and floristry props such as glass, metal & wooden vessels. Katie Marx is the onsite florist if required.