An experience for the experienced

14 Mar 2012

An experience for the experienced

Discover a working life at the Armory during Seniors Week 2012

A tour of an old site will be offered to the young at heart at Sydney Olympic Park on 20 March, as part of 2012 NSW Seniors Week.

An initiative of the NSW Government Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Seniors Week 2012 (18-25 March) includes various activities to encourage seniors to ‘Live Life’ (2012 theme) by exploring unique parts of their communities.

Undoubtedly one of the state’s most extraordinary venues, Newington Armory at Sydney Olympic Park is a 52 hectare heritage-listed site which once served as the Royal Australian Navy Armament Depot.

Featuring more than 100 buildings dating back to the 1800s, including cavernous armament depots, hidden explosives bunkers, cottages, tiny train stations, groves, glades and a wharf, each of the Armory’s buildings, bunkers and bombs is accompanied by fascinating stories that reveal an interesting piece of Australian military history.  

In celebration of NSW Seniors Week 2012, Sydney Olympic Park Authority is offering locals an exclusive opportunity to discover A Working Life at the Armory on Tuesday 20 March, from 10.00am – 1.00pm.

Guided by a historian who once served in the Navy, the tour and activities program will commence with a walk through the Armory’s buildings, including through the lamp tunnels of an original gunpowder magazine.

Participants will then tour the Armory on-board Sydney Olympic Park’s genuine Heritage Train which was once used to move missiles, torpedoes and other WW2 munitions. The 1964 electric locomotive will stop at Newington Armory’s Building 39 display of historical naval items, before transporting passengers to the unique Armory Gallery.

Rich with history yet also one of Sydney’s newest and most vibrant art hubs, Newington Armory continues to inspire many renowned artists today, some of whom live and work on-site, as well as up-and-coming young talent.

The major works of 2011 HSC Visual Arts students from schools across the state are currently on display at the Armory Gallery as part of the largest metropolitan ARTEXPRESS exhibition this year. Unlike other displays ARTEXPRESS at the Armory 2012 boasts the full bodies of work by many students because of the vast space available at the Armory Gallery.

In addition to viewing the exhibition, participants of A Working Life at the Armory will meet with ARTEXPRESS at the Armory 2012 curator, Danielle Gullotta, who will talk about the theme of this year’s exhibition: Tracing the landscape: impact and habitation.  

The cost to participate in A Working Life at the Armory is $25 per adult and $20 for Concession pass holders. Bookings are essential for both individuals and groups and can be made by calling 02-9714-7888.

Newington Armory can be accessed via Jamieson St at Sydney Olympic Park, with nearby FREE parking available.

WHAT:   A Working Life at the Armory – in celebration of NSW Seniors Week 2012
             Guided walk around Newington Armory buildings
             Heritage Railway Discovery Tour
             ARTEXPRESS at the Armory 2012 viewing and curator talk

WHERE:Newington Armory at Sydney Olympic Park (access via Jamieson Street)

WHEN:Tuesday 20 March 2012, from 10.00am-1.00pm

COST: Adult $25 per adult, Concession $20

Call 02-9714-7888 or visit


Susan Darwiche of Verve Communications T: 02 8006 1929 M: 0414 706 704 E:            


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