Brimbank's Hidden Gems: H.V. McKay Gardens – 100 years of history
The H.V. McKay Memorial Gardens have played an important part in Brimbank’s history since the gardens were developed for workers of the nearby Sunshine Harvester works in the early 20th century.
Today, the gardens provide not only a place to remember our history, but a beautiful space with majestic trees and lawns for our community to enjoy.
These 100-year-old gardens are the earliest example of an industrial garden in Victoria and the only heritage listed garden in Brimbank.
The gardens were created for the HV McKay workers, who lived in the surrounding areas and enjoyed it along with their families and other local residents. They have played a significant role in the area’s social history, relating to manufacturing in Brimbank and in Australia. Today the gardens remain as a key remnant of the early years of Sunshine.
Council has worked to rejuvenate these important historical gardens, including redeveloping pathways, improving lighting and restoring the entry pillars and gates, interpretive signage, succession tree planting and upgrading irrigation and garden beds.
The Friends of McKay Gardens have been instrumental in bringing about the restoration of the gardens and take an active role today.
Located at 120C Anderson Road Sunshine, H.V. McKay Gardens is accessible by train from nearby Sunshine Station and by bus.