Why is the history of the Trugo club site important? Here's an extract from a conservation report prepared for the Maribyrnong Council.
"Historically, the Footscray Trugo Club retains important associations with an idiosyncratic local pastime that is one of very few contenders for the title of a unique Australian sport.
"The Footscray Club was one of only five Trugo clubs that date back to the sport’s initial phase of development in the late 1930s and early 1940s. With three of these early clubs long since defunct, and the one at Yarraville no longer occupying its original premises, the Buckley Street site of the Footscray club provides unique evidence of the earliest days of competitive Trugo in Melbourne.
"As the only surviving example of purpose-built Trugo clubhouse, partly funded, constructed and maintained by the members themselves, the building at Footscray also stands out from the numerous post-war Trugo facilities scattered through Melbourne’s northern and inner southern suburbs."