Our History

Walla Mulla Family & Community Support is an independent community based Organisation, which is located in the heart of 
the Sydney suburb of Woolloomooloo. In February 1976, Darlinghurst's "Flying Nun" Sister Carol Pedersen, from the Sisters of Charity,
set up a self help centre in Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, known as D4. The idea of the self help centre was to get the locals involved 
and become a community "outfit", so that the organisation could get on its feet and then be handed over to local control.

Although the office of D4 was located in Liverpool Street, the service accessed The City Council's Heffron Hall Building in Palmer Street,
to run activities for children, their families, the elderly and the community in general.

The "Darlo Bus", an old 31 seater bus, which was used for taking the inner city children and their families on weekend outings, spent a few weeks at Long Bay Jail, where the inmates stripped the old government bus back before repainting and reconditioning it, as part of a painting and decorators project provided by the Sydney Technical College, which was a chance for the men to put something back into the community and receive vocational training at the same time. When the bus was returned to Sister Carol, the men had also thrown in a 20kg box of chocolates, bought with their weekly earnings, for the children.

In the early 1990's D4 moved to Woolloomooloo to Best Street, and later to Catherdral Street. The Children's Services activities remained at Heffron Hall. 

In 2002 D4 moved to its new and current home at 49 McElhone Street, Woolloomooloo, where D4 changed its name to Walla Mulla Family and Community Support, taking on the Gadigal name of Walla Mulla, meaning "place of plenty".

Sister Carol Pedersen

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