The iconic Woodstock Centre refurbishment and extensions are now complete and ready for a community Open Day on July 20.
Woodstock sits on a large parcel of land in Church Street and has a long history serving the Burwood community. Built as a two-storey Victorian Italianate private home on six acres by Edwin Thomas Penfolds in 1871, Woodstock changed owners a number of times before being bought by the Keep sisters (Amy and Edith) in 1912, who made the property an enviable estate and renamed it as ‘Broughton’. The sisters are believed to be responsible for the magnificent internal alternations that survive to this day.
In 1942 the estate was taken over by the Australian Government and served its duty during World War II as one of 28 bases for the Australian Women’s Army Service before becoming a migrant hostel from 1948 until 1974. Burwood Council then leased the property before purchasing it from the federal government in 1982 for use as a community centre and restoring its former name ‘Woodstock’.
The gradual decline of the property, in appearance, function-ability and usefulness, was identified by Burwood Council some years ago – with funds being allocated to build the new Fitzroy Hall at the rear of the house before the recent refurbish inside and out to restore the building’s heritage charm while providing modern and state of the art facilities.
“We’re proud to finally re-open Woodstock to our community following the completion of renovations,” says Burwood Mayor, Cr John Faker. Woodstock is the pride and joy of our area and will continue to provide a great space for our many diverse community groups to come together.”
The Open Day on Wednesday 20 July from 10am until 1pm will include free activities and giveaways, a sausage sizzle, entertainment and information stalls.