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Fortuna Conservation Works

Fortuna, listed on the Heritage Register of Victoria, is the former mansion and gold mine of the George Lansell, famously involved in underground mining in the Bendigo goldfields. MacLeod Consulting was engaged to prepare the structural conditions assessment of the buildings to be included as part of a Heritage Assessment Report by Godden Mackay Logan and HLCD Pty Ltd, heritage and conservation architects, for the Department of Defence.

Quick Facts

Project Type Heritage
Project Materials Timber
Project Size Large
Completed Project Yes
Completion Date 2009

Map Location

Golden Square, Bendigo, Victoria

Project Team

Client Department of Defence
Architect Helen Lardner Conservation and Design (HLCD) & Godden Mackay Logan

Project Description

Fortuna, listed on the Heritage Register of Victoria, is the former mansion and gold mine of the George Lansell, famously involved in underground mining in the Bendigo goldfields.  Since WW2, Fortuna has been used as the headquarters of the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation. Structures on the site include the mansion (with its numerous additions) dating back to 1861, stables, coach houses, a quartz-crushing battery building, tunnels, an ornamental lake, Pompeii fountain, Roman columns, and twentieth century military buildings.

Fortuna conservation works consisted of the structural assessment of over forty buildings within the 7.5 hectare grounds and included the special features of the tunnels, an ornamental lake and Pompeii fountain.

MacLeod Consulting was engaged to prepare the structural conditions assessment of the buildings to be included as part of a Heritage Assessment Report by Godden Mackay Logan and HLCD Pty Ltd, heritage and conservation architects, for the Department of Defence. The purpose of this structural assessment was to advise on the current structural conditions of each building.  In addition, recommendations for the appropriate works for maintenance and repair included render, masonry and carpentry repairs, new pavements, stormwater and drainage improvements.