HO22 – Sunshine Commercial Heritage Area, Sunshine
allotments close to the train station was consistent with the garden
suburb character that was intended in the original town planning
designs, and perpetuated in the perceptions of Sunshine’s character.
In the early 20th century Sunshine’s generous suburban estates
were atypical of working class housing of the period.
What is significant?
The following features contribute to the significance of the area:
The inter-war single storey shops with their relatively unadorned
parapets in Sun Crescent and City Place. The shopfronts have
been replaced to all these buildings and are not significant, while
the parapets have been painted.
The upper facades and parapets of the double storey inter-war
shops at 111 and 113 Durham Road. No.113 has a Spanish
Mission influenced façade with an arched balcony and a
projecting clay tiled roof. No.111 has Art Deco cubist detailing to
the pilasters and parapet.
Two-storey inter-war shops at 111-113 Durham Road
(Brimbank City Council, 2009)
The former Sunshine Advocate Office at 11-15 Sun Crescent
(individually listed in the Heritage Overlay as HO51), which has
an intact parapet with unpainted brick and render detailing to the
pilasters and top of the parapet. The cantilevered verandahs also
appear to have their original profile.
The Derrimut Hotel (HO65) including the original inter-war
Spanish Mission façade, roof and chimneys. The scale, design
and siting of the Hotel makes it a landmark within the area.
The single storey shops at 5-9 Sun Crescent. Nos 5 and 7 retain
early or original shop-fronts and cantilevered verandahs.
Note: The former ES&A Bank at 115 Durham Road is an individually
significant heritage place (listed as HO63 in the Heritage Overlay
Schedule) which differs from the inter-war character of this precinct.
These specific guidelines form Part 5 of the
Brimbank Heritage
Guidelines 2009.
These Guidelines apply to heritage properties
within the Sunshine Commercial Heritage Area as shown on the
precinct map below, including some inter-war commercial buildings
with individual heritage overlays. The guidelines are intended to
encourage and support the conservation of the historic character
of the Area by providing additional information that builds upon the
General Guidelines provided in Part 1.
Why is the precinct significant?
The following information about the significance of this precinct is
drawn from the
Brimbank City Council Post-Contact Heritage Study,
Version 2,
2007. Please refer to that study for more information
about the historic development of the Area.
This Sunshine Commercial Area is of local historical and social
significance as a part of a suburb created by Australia’s leading
industrialist, which set a milestone in the development of the
industrial suburb under the influence of the Garden City movement.
Sunshine became a yardstick for planning and housing reformers,
with H.V. McKay being regarded as an expert on planned industrial
housing. The McKay estate is of historical significance as it marks
a crucial phase in the development of Sunshine, reflecting a period
when McKay encouraged or directly provided services to the
resident work force, such as recreation and retail facilities, in order
to develop a stable local economy.
The area is of architectural significance in representing the
prevailing inter-war style of relatively unadorned parapeted single
story shop fronts. The shops are clustered around the Derrimut
Hotel, which is a local landmark
Characterised generally by low flat corrugated iron clad roofs
and cantilevered verandahs, the buildings are also set on typical
narrow frontage allotments, with small rear yards (now generally
redeveloped for storage or parking). The provision of commercial
The former Sunshine Advocate offices (Brimbank City Council, 2009)

HO22 – Sunshine Commercial Heritage Area, Sunshine
Guideline 1: Shopfronts and verandahs
Typical inter-war shopfronts comprised windows framed in
brass or zinc above a stallboard. The entrance was usually
recessed and either placed centrally or at one side.
Original shop verandahs were cantilevered. The fascia
(front edge) was thinner than more recent versions, giving
it a lighter feel when viewed from the street.
Conserve the early shopfronts at 5-7 Sun Crescent.
Encourage reconstruction of typical shopfronts and
verandahs as opportunities arise.
Discourage introduction of inappropriate verandahs
and post-supported verandahs.
An original inter-war shopfront with brass window framing
above a tiled stallboard (Brimbank City Council, 2009)
Guideline 2: Materials, colours and finishes
The upper parapets of shops were
usually rendered, sometimes with
unpainted brick detailing. In many
cases the brick detailing has been
painted and this has resulted in
a loss of architectural character.
Many of the existing shopfront
colour schemes are not appropriate
to the period.
Unpainted brick parapet and original verandah of 11 Sun Crescent
(Brimbank City Council, 2009)
Do not paint any previously unpainted materials.
Original materials should be retained and repaired, where
necessary, instead of replaced. Replacement (if necessitated by
poor condition) or restoration of original joinery elements, such as
windows and doors, should be identical to the original in form and
Paint should be removed from previously unpainted surfaces by an
approved method.
For appropriate colours schemes for inter-war buildings, see the
General Guidelines.
Guideline 3: Car parking
Vehicular access, where provided, was from the rear of properties
There should be no vehicle access from the front of the property.
Car parking should only be provided at the rear of buildings.
Guideline 4: New development
The shops in the precinct are very consistent in terms of their scale,
siting and detailing. All of the shopfronts are typically set at the
frontage and are attached. The narrow lot frontages create a regular
pattern, which is reflected in the detailing of the parapets, which are
broken up into regular bays.
The Derrimut Hotel is an important landmark and it is important that
new development does not visually dominate or detract from the
visual prominence of the Hotel.
The Derrimut Hotel and a Canary Island Palm of the same era
(Brimbank City Council, 2009)
Regular parapets above a row of single-storey shops
(Brimbank City Council, 2009)
Infill development should:
Have the same front and side setbacks as adjoining buildings,
that is, it should be built to the front and side boundaries.
Not exceed the parapet height of the two storey shops at 111-113
Durham Road at the frontage of the property.
Be consistent with the heritage buildings in terms of building
height, shopfront design, parapet height, ornamentation,
verandah height and form, window sill and lintel levels and
architrave design.
Have roofs concealed behind parapets.
Upper levels above two storeys may be considered if they are set
back from the frontage.

HO22 – Sunshine Commercial Heritage Area, Sunshine
For further information, please see Brimbank City Council’s website at, or ring 9249 4606
Guideline 5: Signage
Signage was traditionally in certain locations including flush against
the parapet, on visible side walls, and under verandahs, including
along the verandah fascia.
Signs can be hung beneath the front verandah and along the verandah fascia
(Brimbank City Council, 2009)
A sign on a shop parapet that fits neatly between the pilasters
(Brimbank City Council, 2009)
The Derrimut Hotel has integral signage in raised lettering set in the
rendered façade of the building. There are a number of small and
relatively discrete internally illuminated signs at the key entry points
that provide adequate identification. Because of the architectural
importance of this building further signage should be limited.
Hotel Derrimut has a range of attractive integral signage
(Brimbank City Council, 2009)
Precinct Map
It is important to strike a balance between the needs of businesses
to have adequate exposure, and the need to ensure that new
signage does not become a dominant element that detracts from the
historic character of the area.
Generally no more than 2 signs (not including under verandah
signs) should be allowed per shop premises. The following types of
signage are appropriate:
Signs that are affixed to the front of verandahs (i.e., to the fascia)
and fit within the fascia.
For single storey shops, signs that are mounted flush to the
parapet within the panel created by the pilasters (i.e., it does not
cover the pilaster or any other detailing.)
For the double storey shop at 111 Durham Road, a horizontal
format sign between the upper floor window and the detailing to
the upper parapet OR a vertical format sign between the window
and the side pilaster.
For the double storey shop at 113 Durham Road, a vertical
format sign between the window and the side pilaster OR a wall
mounted sign on the exposed western wall.
Above verandahs, signs that project from the wall (such as V-boards)
are not appropriate.
No further signage should be permitted on the inter-war section of
the Derrimut Hotel.
8 6
113 115
5 7
6 4
precinct boundary
individually significant