Our History

ARCCO is developing our site as a Living Museum – uncovering the layers of history found here, from the freshwater creek that ran through the site which was a rich resource of reeds, sedges and ferns for the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation; to a market garden and army barracks; and finally Australia’s longest running community centre.

In 2016 we’re celebrating our 40th birthday! When the army packed up their bags in 1974, local people campaigned for these grounds to become a community centre, and were granted their wish in 1976. It was an exciting time – the beginning of multiculturalism – and the centre has been a hub of diversity ever since.

Our resident historian, Sue Castrique, has undertaken extensive research into the history of our site. This has included recording interviews, seeking letters and photos, and archival research. Elderly former neighbours, workers, activists and soldiers were able to pass on their memories to us, which are being curated as part of our Living Museum.

A walking tour revealing our layers of living history is available on the Addison Road Heritage Trail. The Heritage Trail can be walked any time as a self-guided tour, and guided visits of the trail and Living Museum are available to groups, including school children. Contact our Museum Coordinator at museum@arcco.org.au to find out more.


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The following timeline was completed by Sue Castrique, and originally appeard in ‘The Army at Addison Road’, published in the Marrickville Heritage Society’s journal, Heritage, no 14, 2014. Pre-colonisation Our centre is on the traditional land of the Cadigal Wangal People of the Eora Nation. A freshwater creek ran through the site from the south […]