Posts Tagged ‘Sunshine’

Sunshine’s own Garden City housing estate

In the early 20th century the Garden City town planning movement gained traction in Australia, with housing on spacious lots separated by manicured gardens. The suburb of Garden City in Port Melbourne is the best known local example, but there is a small pocket in the streets of Sunshine – the ‘Concrete Housing Estate’ on […]

1880s land boom houses in Sunshine

Melbourne’s inner suburbs are full of terraced houses dating back to the 1880s land boom, but there is an unexpected suburb where they can also be found – the back streets of Sunshine. Tracking them through time The Benjamin Street, south of Sunshine railway station, the row of single-fronted brick cottages appears on this 1934 […]

‘Blaze it’ on Melbourne’s route 420 bus

Everyone loves to chuckle when the route 69 tram is mentioned, but there is another Melbourne public transport route with a number worth a smirk – route 420 from Sunshine to Watergardens via Deer Park. Melbourne’s first route 420 bus route ran from St Albans to East St Albans, and was operated by the Footscray […]

Off to work at the Sunshine Harvester Factory

For decades the Sunshine Harvester factory dominated Melbourne’s west. Established in 1904 as the Braybrook Implement Works, in 1906 industrialist H.V. McKay moved his Sunshine Harvester Works to the new township, expanding it to become the largest manufacturing plant in Australia. SLV photo H2016.33/103 Around the factory In the early years employees had to trudge […]

On the trail of ‘Cooinda “75” Beauty Street’

While walking the streets of Sunshine I found something odd – a sign reading ‘Cooinda “75” Beauty Street’. So what was this 45 year old sign for? Alice Street wasn’t the only one – I found another on Parsons Street. And a third on Palmer Street. On the hunt Trove wasn’t much help – the […]