The following text is an excerpt from Jeremy Kay’s Honours thesis, entitled “Politics of Appropriating Social Space: The Balloon Factory and Beyond”, which was completed in 2004. The thesis is a study of how social movements view and use appropriated space. It drew on the author’s experiences with the 2003 Balloon Factory squat and can … Continue reading
After being squatted for 13 years the Hat Factory was evicted on 31st July. Around 50 police cordoned off half of Wilson St, Newtown from 3.30pm, but due to extensive barricading took three hours to get through a door with a circular saw and then secure the building. Originally used for housing, in recent years … Continue reading
A couple of reports from Indymedia about punk gigs hosted in disused spaces. Punks Not Dead – Melbourne punk bands reclaim unused spaces for shows December 2011 Almost 35 years since punk hit independent bands in Melbourne, Australia are still keeping the punk spirit alive. They are are saying F*@% you! to the main stream … Continue reading
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
A round up of squatting activities happening in Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney from the Victorian Squatters Union’s 1984 Opening Doors handbook.
In September 1983 a 23 room South Yarra mansion known as Bona Vista was squatted by 12 unemployed people. Owned by the government communications department Telecom (since privatised and turned into Telstra) the Heritage listed property had lain empty for eight years. With the help of the Victoria Squatters Union and trade unionists the mansion … Continue reading
This story on the eviction of this massive and productive space in March 2012 comes from Sydney Indymedia: Anarchist Ashfield HQ Evicted On Thursday the 15th of March a massive 4 story squat in Ashfield Sydney was evicted by private security forces. For 3 inspiring and eventful months the building had been home to over … Continue reading
Banner drops and occupations took place at various empty building around Sydney on the most recent NYE, as reported on Sydney Indymedia and Squat!net: Some Sydney anarchists celebrate NYE by dropping 18 banners from 5 empty buildings in the CBD Black Rose books – January 5th, 2012 On New Years Eve while the city streets … Continue reading
Cheers to Dave and Pep for these.
Originally squatted in the 1980s the old Empress Factory site at 253 Wellington St, Collingwood was retaken in 1996 to provide housing and a hub for music and activism. These photos are from one of the many gigs that happened there and were provided by Julie. The story below about the space originally appeared in … Continue reading