Redfern Aboriginal Children's Services

Sydney, Australia

Redfern Aboriginal Children's Services

The Redfern Aboriginal Children's Services is a heritage-listed former residence and now community services building for Indigenous children, located at 18 George Street in the inner western Sydney suburb of Redfern in the City of Sydney local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was built from 1874 to 1875. It is also known as Redfern Aboriginal Children's Services and Archives, ACS and Denholme. The property is owned by Aboriginal Children's Service Ltd. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 13 July 2015.

The area now known as Redfern was once defined by sand hills and swamps, which would have provided an abundant supply of food for the Gadigal people before white settlement (the Gadigal are a clan of the Eora Nation). Although colonization was destructive, Gadigal culture survived. As the town of Sydney grew, the Gadigal were joined by other Aboriginal people from around NSW to live and work as an urban Aboriginal community. Redfern was one such place where Aboriginal people sought shelter and connection with family and community and continue to do so today.

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