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1980, Sydney: A Self Help Community – The Darlinghurst-Wollomoolo Squatters

During the 1970s a large number of squats were set up in properties purchased and subsequently left empty by the Department of Main Roads in Sydney. Amongst the variety of creative projects that came out of this community was this report and proposal for cooperative housing. Prepared by Greg Vickas, Paula Fairbairn, Helen Pellow, Petra … Continue reading »

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Wal Larkin Cartoon, 1988

Originally appeared in Squat It!

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Melbourne Squats, 1989-90

Some sketches of squatters from the late 1980s as well as memories of the Empress squat, later resquatted as the Brown Warehouse, from an ex-squatter. Squatters Union of Victoria Meeting “The Empress in Collingwood¬†was a great building and I was there at a good time¬†(around) 1989-90. At that time there were about 8 people living … Continue reading »

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1984: Australia You’re Squatting In It…

A round up of squatting activities happening in Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney from the Victorian Squatters Union’s 1984 Opening Doors handbook.

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1970s: Adelaide, Bowden-Brompton Community Group

In 1976 residents in the Bowden-Brompton area of Hindmarsh in Adelaide joined together with students to form the Bowden Brompton Community Group. Throughout the decade houses left empty by the Highways Department were taken over and used for housing as outlined in the following article from Liberation, the Adelaide Women’s Liberation Newsletter, #39.

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1987: Squatters Union of Victoria statistics

1987 was the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless and unlike the Victorian state government the Squatters Union of Victoria and their allies at the Western Region Housing Council worked flat out to help house people by helping them to move into abanodoned and disused properties. The following article from the SUV’s paper Squat … Continue reading »

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1988 Empress Factory Squat

In late 1987 the Empress Factory building at 253 Wellington St, Collingwood was squatted and turned into a cafe and performance space. During the mid 1990s the same building was squatted again as the Brown Warehouse providing a home for forest blockaders, punks and others and playing host to gigs and other events. This story … Continue reading »

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1993 Lost City Graffiti

Graffiti from North Melbourne in the 1990s, which was photographed and turned into a screen print by Alison Roper, before being subsequently printed in Woozy #3 in 1993. According to one source the Lost City was a large building squatted in the area during the late 1980s. If you know more contact us at

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Womyn’s Days at Community Firestation

In 1987 the Squatters Union of Victoria (SUV) moved into an old firestation at 301 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy. The space became known as the Community Fire Station and was shared with the Unemployed Workers Union, Koori groups, a printing press and others. On Fridays the feminist contingent of the SUV would run the … Continue reading »

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3CR Squatters Show ad from 1987

An ad for the 3CR Squatters show from 1987. The program later merged with the Unemployed Workers Union program to become the SUWA (Squatters And Unwaged Airwaves) show. SUWA is still going strong and airs every Friday from 5-6pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time). You can pick it up on 855AM if you’re in Melbourne or … Continue reading »

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