North Sydney Community Centre

North Sydney Community Centre Time Line

1972
  • Women and children meet in derelict terraces in Ridge Street before being given lease of old Meals on Wheels building behind Stanton Library. After school program begins.
1973
  • Playgroup for Under 5’s begins, driven by the enthusiasm of Jan Gregg and Bruce Barrett.
  • Adult classes (run by an energetic group of volunteers) are also established, offering weaving, bread making and pottery – a true reflection of the 70s.
1974
  • Centre joins battle to save open space (now Civic Park) from development of two 17-storey office blocks.
1975
  • Centre becomes independent of Leisure Movement but keeps the name Leisure Centre. Mid 70s adventure playground is built.
1982
  • Dr Doreen Bridges introduces an Early Childhood Music Program to the Leisure centre, “Music and Movement’, continued up to today under the direction of Jane Boyd.
1983
  • North Sydney Markets established as the Centre’s main fundraising activity.
1986
  • Centre takes its first artists in residence. Aboriginal potter Thancoupie and composer John Shortis.
1987
  • Susan Kennett becomes Director of the Centre
1997
  • Special Interest talk: Donald Horne - Writer
1999
  • Northside Produce Market set up as a second fundraising project.
  • North Sydney Market and Northside Produce Market contribute close to 30% of the Centre’s current income and help support wages and other costs involved in the provision of services.
2000
  • Leisure Centre is renamed the North Sydney Community Centre.
  • Special Interest Event: Women’s rights - Wendy McArthy
2001
  • Special Interest Event: Judy Rymer - message from Moccee
2002
  • Special Interest Event: Hugh Mackay - Social research & writer
2003
  • Special Interest Event: Donald Thorne - Tolerance
  • Special Interest Event: Stuart Rees - Non-violence, the road to peace
  • Special Interest Event: Dr Helen Caldicott - The nuclear Danger
2004
  • Special Interest Event: Hon Dr Carmen Lawrence MP - Women in Politics
2005
  • Community Forum starts (Public talks)
  • Linda Burney MP - Reviving Reconciliation
2006
  • Centre moves into new sustainable-design building.
2007
  • Changeable Art program begins.
2009
  • 10th Birthday celebration Produce Market (November)
2010
  • Susan Howieson becomes Director of the Centre
2012
  • Joanna Jouin became Director of the Centre
  • Market Tours started
  • Community Forum becomes In Conversation
  • In Conversation Edwina McCann - Vogue Australia and Sarah Macdonald - writer & radio host
  • In Conversation Sibella Court - Stylist Books with Karen McCartney - Designer
2013
  • Literacy Lunch with John Mc Dermott, Author of Vintage-Life
  • 40th Anniversary of NSCC
  • 30th Anniversary of North Sydney Market
  • NSCC new website
  • In Conversation With The Simpson Sisters – Indigenous textiles, music and visual & performing arts
2014
  • 15th Anniversary of Northside Produce Market
  • Lunch with Noeline Brown, Australia’s Ambassador for Ageing
  • Joined Social Media
  • In Conversation: A Country Too Far - Thomas Keneally, Rosie Scott, Denise Leith and Bella Verdramini
  • In conversation with Paul Botrill from House of Welcome
  • In Conversation: Bettina Deda, Luisa Manfredini – Downsize with Style
  • In Conversation: The Life and Times of Marion Mahony Griffin
    With Glenda Korporaal and Karen McCartney
2015
  • In Conversation: Sally Webb and Sarah MacDonald -Travel Without Tears
  • Book launch “The best of Gretta Anna”
  • In conversation with Martin Teplitzky and Valli Little
  • In Conversation: Dr Munjed Al Muderis – Walking Free with Journalist Scott Bevan
  • In Conversation: Ted Mack – Mayor North Sydney with Ray Martin
  • In Conversation – Celebrating 100 years Gallipoli
    Russell Boyd, Cinematographer, on the Making of ‘Gallipoli’ & Australian Film in the 70’s – Journalist Andrew Urban
2016
  • North Sydney Market on Miller renamed Miller Street Market
  • Last Miller Street Market (June)
  • Launching two Produce Markets (1st and 3rd Saturday of the month) (May)
  • Changeable Art renamed Pop Up Art Exhibition
  • In Conversation: Creative Women (7 Women and 6 interviewers)
  • In Conversation: Wendy Whiteley and Janet Hawley