Heritage Week Tours – 2021

Discover Sunshine’s Unique McKay Gardens – A Different Kind of Industrial Heritage

Come and discover this remarkable Edwardian Garden in the centre of Sunshine! Free tours will be conducted by the Friends of the H V McKay Memorial Gardens.

H V McKay Memorial Gardens in Sunshine is a special place. Created in 1909 for the workers at Sunshine Harvester Factory across the railway lines, it was for 50 years a private garden, funded by the industrialist Hugh Victor McKay.

As one of only two such Gardens in Victoria it is State registered for its historic and aesthetic (landscape) significance. Come and hear about the changes which have taken place over the 112 years since its founding, the esteemed gardeners who have looked after it, and the efforts made by the public in recent years to save this asset for the Sunshine and wider community.

Enjoy the Gardens while you hear about the heritage plantings, how a heritage garden can be sustainable while still holding onto its unique character, and the impact of the enormous changes which have occurred to this inner Melbourne industrial suburb since McKay set up his Sunshine Harvester Works factory in 1906. While the factory has gone, the Gardens, ‘the Pride of Sunshine’, continue!

Friday – 14 May Saturday 15 May

Event Details

120 Anderson Road, Sunshine, Victoria
Meet at Anderson Road entrance, next to the Sunshine Presbyterian Church Hall.
Friday 14 May, 11.00 to 12.00 pm
Saturday 15 may, 11.00 to 12.00pm
Entry fees:
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Other things you need to know:
Parking only in streets adjacent to property

Australia ICOMOS National Conference – Nov 2015

Friends committee member Melinda Mockridge presented a paper at the 2015 Australia ICOMOS  Conference about the future of the McKay Gardens.

Melinda has qualifications in Art History, History and English from the University of Melbourne and in Cultural Heritage from Deakin University.  She is an associate member of ICOMOS Australia – International Council on Monuments and Sites and a member of the Professional Historians Association (Vic & Tas).

H V McKay Gardens – Does a significant ‘designed’ landscape in Melbourne’s inner west have a future?

Paper Abstract:  When the heritage fabric of a significant ‘designed’ cultural landscape such as the H V McKay Gardens in the inner west of Melbourne deteriorates, how do you engage the community, Councils and individuals to understand its significance, and care and advocate for it, in order to create a relevant and sustainable future for the Gardens (and for its community)? This snapshot paper will provide a summary of the issues, what’s been done and a question about what is possible.

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