We occasionally publish books related to our programs and initiatives. For Addison Road Community Organisation annual reports, strategic plans and policies, go to the Governance page.

Ten Ordinary Men: The Anzacs of Addison Road

by Vanessa James, illustrated by Robyn Chiles

From 1916, in the middle of Work War One, Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville, Sydney was a ‘place of enlistment’ for the Australian Imperial Forces. We know of 51 men who took oaths here to ‘serve our Sovereign Lord the King’ and fight overseas. These are the war-time stories of ten of them, two of whom never returned.

80 pages, full colour paperback

ISBN: 9780646850672

$8 postage
(Australia wide, for up to 3 copies)

The Hollow Tree

By Mark Mordue, Robyn Chiles and Inner West school children

“In a busy noisy part of the city, between the aeroplanes and a car park, stands a big dead Sydney blue gum. But take a moment to observe, or even peek inside, and you’ll find that this hollow tree is full of life…!”

As a part of our urban habitats program, with the support of an Inner West Council environment grant, Addi Road invited students from local schools to create artwork inspired by our urban habitat tree.

Volunteers and our staff collated the students’ drawings and created this beautiful book about the tree, the creatures that make it their home and how to improve habitat for native wildlife in our busy cities.

Buy a copy here online or drop in to Hut 1, Monday to Friday,  9am – 5pm to pick up your copy.

All proceeds go to Addi Road’s environmental programs. With thanks to Inner West Council, Taverner’s Hill Infant’s School, Wilkins Public School, Marrickville West Primary School, Ferncourt Public School, and Dulwich Hill Public School.


$8 postage (Australia wide)


One Small World

by Sue Castrique

Soon after it opened in 1976, the immigration minister AI Grassby called Addison Road Community Centre ‘one small world in Australia’. He was describing a remarkable multicultural experiment at a place that has seen many transformations – from tall forest, to market garden, to an army depot that for sixty turbulent years was a focal point for war, peace, protest and social connection.

One Small World brings to life the enthusiasm, hope and purpose that have marked Addison Road in all its years. It reveals how a rich and fascinating history has made ‘Addi Road’ the special place it is today.

Sue Castrique is the author of the prize-winning, Under the Colony’s Eye: Gentlemen and Convicts on Cockatoo Island. Her essay, ‘On the edge of Gumbramorra swamp’ was runner-up in the Wildcare Nature Writing award in 2016 and forms the first chapter of One Small World.


$8 postage (Australia wide)


Mind The Gap

Led and initiated by ARCCO with the support of the Marrickville Multicultural Interagency (MMIA)

This research, commissioned by the Addison Road Community Centre Organisation (ARCCO) and the Marrickville Multicultural Interagency (MMIA), aimed to gain insight into:

  • the nature of poverty experienced by Marrickville residents from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds;
  • the effects of funding cuts on service providers; 
  • and the factors that create and perpetuate inequality.

At the same time that inequality is widening, the community service sector – those organisations at the frontline supporting people experiencing poverty and disadvantage – has experienced major losses. The NCOSS State of the Community Service Sector in NSW report found that one in three of the organisations surveyed had been affected by a loss of funds from the NSW Government in the past 12 months, and one in five had lost funding from the Federal Government.

Mind the Gap aims to illustrate, within the context of our local area, the human stories that lie behind these broader statistics and to investigate the impacts of widening inequality and funding cuts on people and services. Its purpose is to increase awareness among government policy-makers of CALD experiences. More than 30 per cent of Marrickville’s residents were born overseas and speak a language other than English, and the area’s Aboriginal population is increasing. Because people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds are among those most likely to be in the lowest income group this research focuses on their experiences.

Download Mind the Gap report