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1980s

1988-1989, Melbourne, Squatters Union of Victoria activity

More chronologies from Squat It! outlining the SUV’s activities during 1988 and 1989. Unfortunately the chronologies for September-October 1988 are missing as we do not have a copy of issue #16. If anyone can help out then please contact us at ozsquat@gmail.com

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1987, Melbourne, Squatters Union of Victoria activity

The Squatters Union of Victoria was highly active during 1987, the UN’s International Year of Shelter for the Homeless, as the following timelines from the group’s zine Squat It! demonstrate.

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1985, Canberra: Cambodian Embassy Squat

A year after the ACT Squatters Union set up a Homeless Embassy in the abandoned South Vietnamese embassy they moved into the similarly disused, and somewhat plush, Cambodian Embassy. This story appeared on the front page of the Canberra Times on 28 June, 1985.

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1989, Sydney: Broadway Squats, Round One

This story from Angry People magazine in 1992 discusses, in the context of moves to sell off parks, the first time shopfronts Sydney’s Broadway were squatted and evicted by South Sydney council. The squats were reoccupied in 2000 and held for a number of months.  

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Late 1980s/Early 1990s, Melbourne and Sydney: Squatting stickers and posters

Some squatting related stickers and posters contributed by Ann.

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2013, Melbourne: New novel set in 1980s squatting and punk scenes

Synopsis from amazon.com: Rejected by suburbia for being a freak, Agro finds acceptance in the Melbourne hardcore punk scene of the 1980’s, where mates and music are everything. Moving from squat to squat she and her friends survive thugs, prostitute rings, police raids, bikie gangs and thieving speed addicts. Despite the bleakness of their lifestyle … Continue reading »

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1987: Evictions and resistance in Melbourne’s West

Two articles from Squat It #10 which tell the tale of evictions from previously vacant public housing properties and the occupations that responded to them.

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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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