Sale Water Tower - Archibald Prize

Archibald Prize - Events, Community Event


Cunninghame St & Marley St, Sale VIC 3850, Australia
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Open Saturday 2pm to 4pm, and Sunday 10am to 12pm during Archibald Prize Exhibition



Built in 1888, the Water Tower supplied water to the town’s 3,000 residents replacing carted water from the Thomson River, providing residents with clean water for the first time. The Sale Water Tower was originally designed and built by English born architect and civil engineer, John Harry Grainger, the 54 foot-high (16.5 meter) tower supports a 40,000 gallon (151,000 litre) wrought iron tank. 

The Tower was in use for 82 years as water storage both for domestic supply as well as supply to the swimming pool that was situated at the Tower’s base. From the early 70s, the Tower was used as a Sale Council Parks and Gardens Depot. 

Local historian, Peter Synan started a petition to redevelop the Water Tower to a museum for historic and tourism purposes. And in 2016, the extensive project came to life. 

Now complete the Sale Water Tower Museum pays tribute to John Grainger as well as telling the story of water in Sale and the pioneer who led the discovery of Victoria’s artesian water supply, John Niemann. 

Each floor of the museum tells a different story. The Ground Floor – story of Sale’s water supply, First Floor – the story of engineer and architect John Grainger, the Second Floor – the story of John Niemann – the man who tapped Sale’s artesian water supply and the Third floor – the story of the observation deck.