Living Museum

A nine-acre heritage site where wonderful things happen every day – we think of Addi Road as a Living Museum and are working to document and share its rich history in many different ways, including our self-guided Heritage Trail, guided tours, school excursions, exhibitions and a growing history collection. The stories of this special place reflect the major events of our nation, from the appropriation of Aboriginal land to the birth of multiculturalism, with several wars and cultural shifts in between.

Along with the Indigenous, colonial and 20th-century military histories of the site, the history of Addison Road Community Centre itself is highly significant. It is one of the oldest and largest community centres in Australia, founded in 1976 thanks to the efforts of local advocates and activists, ethnic welfare groups, childcare and arts workers, social workers, performers and environmentalists.

More than 40 years on, the vision of a place of opportunity for multicultural communities to thrive and find voice through the arts and culture continues to develop at Addi Road.

Addi Road hosts school excursions and workshops to learn about the history of our site and its significance to the community. To book an excursion or workshop, simply fill out our online booking form. 

At A Glance

The Living Museum forms the basis of our commitment to documenting the vibrant history of our nine acre heritage site here at Addi Road.

From pre-colonization to it’s use as a military depot, all the way to it’s transformation as the birthplace of multicultural Australia there is a rich and deep history here that we want to preserve for future generations.

Getting Here

Addi Road is located directly off Addison Road, Marrickville. ARCCO currently operates out of Hut 1. You can find our site map here and directions to the Centre here.

Our Centre is easily accessed by public transport with the 428 stopping directly outside on Addison Road. We also have bike racks on site and free and accessibility friendly parking available for all visitors. For more information on our site check Visitor Information.

Living Museum

A nine-acre heritage site where wonderful things happen every day – we think of Addi Road as a Living Museum and are working to document and share its rich history in many different ways, including our self-guided Heritage Trail, guided tours, school excursions, exhibitions and a growing history collection. The stories of this special place reflect the major events of our nation, from the appropriation of Aboriginal land to the birth of multiculturalism, with several wars and cultural shifts in between.

Along with the Indigenous, colonial and 20th-century military histories of the site, the history of Addison Road Community Centre itself is highly significant. It is one of the oldest and largest community centres in Australia, founded in 1976 thanks to the efforts of local advocates and activists, ethnic welfare groups, childcare and arts workers, social workers, performers and environmentalists.

More than 40 years on, the vision of a place of opportunity for multicultural communities to thrive and find voice through the arts and culture continues to develop at Addi Road.

Addi Road hosts school excursions and workshops to learn about the history of our site and its significance to the community. To book an excursion or workshop, simply fill out our online booking form. 

At A Glance

The Living Museum forms the basis of our commitment to documenting the vibrant history of our nine acre heritage site here at Addi Road.

From pre-colonization to it’s use as a military depot, all the way to it’s transformation as the birthplace of multicultural Australia there is a rich and deep history here that we want to preserve for future generations.

Getting Here

Addi Road is located directly off Addison Road, Marrickville. ARCCO currently operates out of Hut 1. You can find our site map here and directions to the Centre here.

Our Centre is easily accessed by public transport with the 428 stopping directly outside on Addison Road. We also have bike racks on site and free and accessibility friendly parking available for all visitors. For more information on our site check Visitor Information.

Walk Through Time.

In 2015 we designed and built the Addi Road Heritage Trail here through our nine acre site.

The trail takes you on an interactive tour of the history of  Addi Road, all the way from it’s use as a military depot in World War One to it’s current use as a community centre.

It’s all part of our broader commitment to recording and sharing the vibrant history of Addi Road for future generations.

Find out more about our Heritage Trail here and come along for a walk back through time.

Our History.

We treat Addi Road as a Living Museum; from pre-colonisation, to a market garden, to a military depot all the way to now as Australia’s largest non-profit community centre we’re proud of our rich and dynamic history.

And that’s why we run our Living Museum program – to record, respect and commemorate all that has happened here at Addi Road.

You can find out more about Our History by visiting our history portal here.

Honour In Peace.

The Honour Roll for Peace is the first of its kind in Australia, existing to record, commemorate and remember those who have dedicated their life to the cause of peace. From activists and artists to politicians and former soldiers the roll strives to celebrate contributions big and small to creating a world without war.

The Honour Roll can be found at the gates to Addi Road. To nominate an individual simply fill out our online nomination form.

 

Our History.

Running a low cost grocer that seeks to rescue food and fight hunger here in the Inner West is an exciting and challenging operation and we need all hands on deck to help make it a reality.

And without our fabulous team of volunteers, supporters and staff we just couldn’t do it.

So if you’re looking for a way to give back to your community, or are interested in the work we do consider volunteering and becoming part of our team by filling out our online volunteer form here.

Walk Through Time.

In 2015 we designed and built the Addi Road Heritage Trail here through our nine acre site.

The trail takes you on an interactive tour of the history of  Addi Road, all the way from it’s use as a military depot in World War One to it’s current use as a community centre.

It’s all part of our broader commitment to recording and sharing the vibrant history of Addi Road for future generations.

Find out more about our Heritage Trail here and come along for a walk back through time.

Honour In Peace.

The Honour Roll for Peace is the first of its kind in Australia, existing to record, commemorate and remember those who have dedicated their life to the cause of peace. From activists and artists to politicians and former soldiers the roll strives to celebrate contributions big and small to creating a world without war.

The Honour Roll can be found at the gates to Addi Road. To nominate an individual simply fill out our online nomination form.

Get In Touch

Got a question or need to know more about something we do here? No matter if it’s a question big or small you can get in touch with us by sending us an email, filling out our online contact form or giving our friendly Centre staff a call.

For more information on upcoming events check out our Facebook page.

Get In Touch

Got a question or need to know more about something we do here? No matter if it’s a question big or small you can get in touch with us by sending us an email, filling out our online contact form or giving our friendly Centre staff a call.

For more information on upcoming events check out our Facebook page.

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