The ACS first started thinking about a headquarters way back in 1958, when the Society was first formed.
November 2010 saw the culmination of many years of saving, planning and discussion that led to us being able to purchase our first ACS National Headquarters.
This was a truly historic event for the Society and had only come about because of the dedicated people within the ACS, the state and territory branches, and those supporters from within the industry itself.
There are many individuals that deserve credit for this purchase finally coming to pass. From our founders to successive Federal/National Executives, the list is a long one. But there are members like John Leake OAM ACS, Jack Gardiner ACS, Milton Ingerson OAM ACS and Bruce Hillyard ACS whose canny ability to invest wisely really paid off.
It was decided to name the headquarters in honour of one of those remarkable men, John Leake OAM ACS. But, it must be said, the National Headquarters is a testament to all our founders and to those dedicated members that have come along since.
The original Headquarters committee, chaired by NSW President Calvin Gardiner ACS, who is incidentally the son of Jack Gardiner ACS, searched relentlessly to find the right property.
There was one other in contention, but it was felt the property at 26 Ridge St, North Sydney, comprising an entire floor, ticked most of the boxes. It was in a very central position with great facilities and represented a sound investment for the future. It required only cosmetic work to be undertaken on the interior once we finally took possession.
The National Headquarters gives the Society the opportunity to centralise its operations and gives all members a place to belong. The National Executive is pleased that all branches of the Society worked together to bring this piece of history to fruition.
We’re absolutely certain our founders would have been very pleased with the end result.Ron Johanson OAM ACS’s opening speech – 3 March 2011
ACS national library
There are no specified opening hours for our headquarters. Interstate members coming to Sydney should contact the HQ team and try and drop in to see our wonderful facility.
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Ph: +61 2 8920 8535