The Addison Road Centre was built as an Army depot by the Australian Government in 1914 on the site the Norwood Park Dairy farm, formerly a swamp. The army left in the early 70s & the site became a Community Centre in 1976. BMC moved in few years later.
Today the site includes many modern buildings, but Hut 44 is one of the original buildings. It was used as the Sargent's Mess in WW2 & Bob Bolton's grandfather was one of those sargents turning raw recruits into fighting men.
The Hut has been in need of a clean up and sort out for a long time, so on Saturday a group of members and one non-member turned up to start the big job.
Thanks to Allen, Chris, Colin, DotN, George & son, Kerry, Kevin, John, Mariamma, Max, Mike, Ralph, Rick, Sharyn & Val. Special thanks to Ray, conservator & occasional videographer of BMC events for giving up part of his Saturday to advise us on the historic posters on the walls. Photos Sandra Nixon
Mariamma scrubbing the cups
Colin & Mariamma ready for the windows
Removal of one of the steel plates put down by the Army at some time over the original hardwood floor boards in the music room.
Admiring the floorboards
Pondering upon the purpose of the holes discovered in the floorboards
Deciding on the flooring - polish the original floorboards which have gaps & holes which will need a lot of work & money, or replace steel by Masonite to match the rest of the floor which will give a good surface for the dancers.
The first of the steel sheets removed from the Hut was covered by chalked factory/warehouse information - Hut 44 contained 6 of these sheets.
HQ FLD SLC MOORE P on top right corner.
Moore Park contained Army barracks & depots until at least 1981.
When the piano was moved we found a drain? hole near the back door
Posters on the wall behind the piano
Posters on the wall beside the piano.
Posters discovered behind the old wardrobe
Poster discovered behind the old wardrobe -
Bush Music poster, part of a kit created by Libby Hathorn: Ozbox the Australian experience, published by Methuen, 1979 comprising 50 activity cards, 2 film strips, 2 sound recordings (tape cassettes), 50 teachers cards, 4 wall posters and teacher's guide in container (26x48x6cm.) Only 2 libraries in Australia hold this kit!
Posters found behind the pink cupboards
Concert by John Dengate, Trevor Shearston, Jacko Kevans & Dave de Hugard, April 1979
Sign found behind the piano was used at one of our Bush Music Festivals.
Colin cleaning the windows
Chris scraping the ceiling
Kerry scraping the ceiling
Allen, Kerry & Mike with newly washed chairs
Kevin who washed most of the chairs before extra helpers arrived taking a well-deserved rest
Hot day, drink lots of water!
More work on the ceiling
Rick cutting the padlock off the back door- unfortunately I couldn't get a picture of the sparks flying!
Original lock & original light switch
Ray examining posters
Mike taking photos of posters
Sandpaper & plaster dust
Cuppa tea time - Allen, Sharyn, Ralph, Kevin, Chris, John, Rick, Mariamma
Colin & Val
Max examining the roof cavity
Ventilator in the roof
Ralph cleaning old perspex to replace broken window
Window after replacing & cleaning
Ralph & Rick putting down the new Masonite sheets
Contemplating the old Masonite flooring
Sweeping the new Masonite flooring
Pondering upon the old flooring
Did a lagerphone make that hole in the Masonite?
Nothing left in the music room apart from the stage & piano.
The front room - we left access to the sink & fridge!
To be continued!