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DFAT Comms Centre

By andym - 20 January 2008 33

As requested by Mr Evil here a few pics from the old DFAT Communications Centre which was located under the southern carpark of the old Admin Building.

The first two are of the foyer and the third of the hallway. The centre was basically a square shape with the hallway running around it. The outside of the hall was office space, rec room etc. The inner core was composed of computer room and comms centre.

The ceiling in the open areas was made up of these funny metal plates as mentioned elsewhere. Purely decorative, but they rattled like buggery during the Newcastle earthquake.

Supposedly the foyer was a standing wave tube, so no electromagnetic radiation could penetrate or escape even though it was open ended. The second photo shows the narrow door at the top which could be closed to seal the centre.

Last two photos show some sections of the graffiti wall.



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DFAT Comms Centre
Mr Evil 12:06 pm 21 Jan 08

Awesome. Thanks for posting. 🙂

Aurelius 11:53 am 21 Jan 08

The Newcastle earthquake??
It happened 500kms away.
On a public holiday.

Mælinar 10:30 am 21 Jan 08

There’s something ironic in the AGO fighting rising water levels in their own building.

Ben H 10:10 am 21 Jan 08

That’s the neatest and most highbrow graffitti I’ve ever seen!

Holden Caulfield 9:07 am 21 Jan 08

Thank you for sharing!

Thumper 8:37 am 21 Jan 08

Ah yes, Haven’t been down there for a couple of years now.

Is the place still leaking?

Growling Ferret 7:47 am 21 Jan 08

The Australian Greenhouse Office sits in the Basement of the Admin (John Gorton Building).

The spiral staircase and the disco chamber still exist, almost identical to the photo.

The graffiti wall was lost during the refit, but was copied and an exact replica is now on one of the walls.

ant 12:24 am 21 Jan 08

That’s the SES carpark, as you’re looking towards OPH? Yes, there are some structures there (in the plants). Wow. And I imagine Heritage infest it?

Deano 12:21 am 21 Jan 08

The comms centre is under the carpark in front of JGB. During the refurbishment they cut some large holes in the roof/carpark to create new light wells. There is an emergency exit that pops up in the middle of the carpark.

idea_authority 12:14 am 21 Jan 08

Wow, thanks for the pics, though the bunker is far less than what imagined. I pictured a moody and dark version of NASA mission control, this looks like a silvery nightmare of drab 70s interior design.

ant 12:14 am 21 Jan 08

So where are these offices now? In Finance or Heritage? Under the JGB? Puzzled!

Deano 11:37 pm 20 Jan 08

That spiral ramp was a bugger to get heavy trolleys up and down. More than one B-Class got away from me there.

NathanaelB 11:33 pm 20 Jan 08

Impressive! I got in trouble about 5 years ago for taking photos of the new DFAT building (you have to admit, the foyer is impressive and photo-worthy). Funnily, I was working for the Australian Federal Police at the time. My mistake though – should have known better. Young and naive 🙂

andym 11:25 pm 20 Jan 08

ant, well no, its gone. Been converted to offices and the roof has had sunken gardens and light wells put it.

ant 10:53 pm 20 Jan 08

Wow! That’s incredible. And it’s under the current outdoor SES carpark at Finance? There are some venty-looking things in the plants in that carpark, but to think all that lot is under it is incredible. I had no idea.

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