The Home Project was a year-long community writing project about Redfern/Waterloo run by the Sydney Story Factory.
Residents of Redfern and its surrounding communities contributed their unique stories about this vibrant and changing area to this publication. Young people aged 7 to 17 wrote about their experiences of the local area. They were also given opportunities to interview local personalities and community elders about their memories and experiences, collecting and recording their stories for posterity.
This major community writing project involved 223 local young people, 62 local adult interviewees, and 75 volunteer tutors. The contributors were young and old, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, long-time residents and newcomers. Together, the community worked tirelessly to map the memories and stories of the place they know as home.
In October 2014, we launched Home, the finished book.
Home includes an interview with Sol Bellear discussing the political activism of the area in the 1970s; Auntie Millie Ingram’s story of Muhammad Ali coming to Redfern; Nathan Merritt’s memories of growing up on the Block; Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir’s reminiscences of going to Cleveland Street High School; and dozens of stories by local young people on topics including why they love Redfern Park and the relative merits of bats vs ibises.
Incredibly rewarding for everyone involved, the book's launch was attended by over 200 people. On that evening the pride of the young people involved was obvious to all - they were proud of the stories they had recorded, their community, and the professionally published 173-page anthology that is the project’s lasting legacy.
You can purchase Home online HERE and in-store at the Sydney Story Factory.
Teachers can find resources to use alongside Home HERE.
To view the interactive digital map of stories of Home, click HERE.
This project was part funded by a grant from the City of Sydney.