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Sunshine recorded a population of 9, at the census. Sunshine, initially a town just outside Melbourne, is today a residential suburb with a mix of period and post-War homes, with a town centre that is an important retail centre in Melbourne's west. The farms and settlements in the area now known as Sunshine first came under the Sunshine Road District — which later became the Shire of Braybrook — When the Ballarat line was built through the area, a new station was built at the junction of the two lines: this station opened on 7 September and was called Braybrook Junction as it was in the Shire of Braybrook.
The area around the Braybrook Junction railway station then came to be known as Braybrook Junction. In H. McKay bought a factory in the area called the Braybrook Implement Works. He also secured acres ha of land at Braybrook Junction with the aim of establishing housing to allow his future workers to live in the area, along the lines of a company town. The land became the Sunshine Estate see below. In McKay moved his agricultural machinery manufacturing business from Ballarat to his newly acquired factory in Braybrook Junction. The factory was renamed the Sunshine Harvester Works and it became the largest manufacturing plant in Australia.
In July , the train station, the post office, and the shire riding 's names were changed from Braybrook Junction to Sunshine after workers and residents had petitioned to do so in honour of McKay's Sunshine Harvester Works. Also in an industrial dispute between owner H. McKay and his workers at the Sunshine Harvester Works led to the Harvester Judgement , the benchmark industrial decision which led to the creation of a minimum living wage for Australian workers.
The Sunshine train disaster on 20 April killed 44 people at Sunshine station. In , the H. The land that H. McKay had earlier purchased to build housing for his workers on was developed by McKay as the Sunshine Estate , a housing estate developed with reference to some of the ideals of the Garden city movement , an influential town planning movement of the early 20th century. The town of Sunshine not a suburb of Melbourne at this point became regarded as a model industry-centred community.
After WWII, Sunshine increasingly became connected to the sprawling city of Melbourne as car-based travel enabled people to leave the inner city suburbs and move into houses on larger blocks in suburbia. In , the old Shire of Braybrook was abolished and the City of Sunshine was established. Sunshine was not immune when many Australian-based manufacturing industries started winding down during and after the s. In , the Massey Ferguson factory, formerly the Sunshine Harvester Works, was demolished to make way for the development of the Sunshine Marketplace. On 15 December , the City of Sunshine was abolished and Sunshine became part of the newly created City of Brimbank.
Sunshine is now both a low-density residential suburb and one of Melbourne's principal places of employment outside the CBD. Many heavy and light industrial companies are situated in and around the area and it is an important retail centre in Melbourne's west. In addition to Sunshine's street shopping strips there are two shopping centres, the Sunshine Plaza and the Sunshine Marketplace.
Sunshine is a highly multicultural suburb. Today Sunshine still has ificant populations from Italy, Greece, the former Yugoslavia, and Poland. It is also the main centre for Melbourne's Maltese community:  indeed, the only branch of Malta 's Bank of Valletta in the whole of Oceania is situated on Watt St, Sunshine. From the late s, many Vietnamese refugees settled in Sunshine and surrounding areas. The Vietnamese have opened small businesses such as groceries and restaurants throughout the Sunshine town centre.
More recently, immigrants moving to Sunshine have come from Sudan , Burma and India. In , Sunshine had a population of 9, The most common ancestries given in the census were: Australian Sunshine railway station was completely redeveloped as part of the Regional Rail Link , works began in and were complete by mid Geelong services have stopped at Sunshine since the opening of the Regional Rail Link in Sunshine also has one of Melbourne's major suburban bus interchanges , which was upgraded as part of the Regional Rail Link works in This is situated directly adjacent to the Sunshine Railway Station.
Hue Quang Temple, a Vietnamese Buddhist temple, is located in the suburb. The heritage-listed H. McKay as Sunshine Gardens , is one of two remaining industrial gardens in Australia. Their home ground is Chaplin Reserve on Anderson Road. It relocated from the Fitzgerald Road course in November There is also the Sunshine Rollerskating Centre.
The Sunshine Leisure Centre contains a swimming pool, gym and other facilities. Suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Retrieved 7 July Harvester Town: The making of Sunshine — ISBN Retrieved 9 September Retrieved 8 September Morwell: Gippsland Printers. Australian Catholic Lives. David Lovell Publishing. Public Record Office Victoria online catalogue. Museum Victoria. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 16 December Herald Sun. Retrieved 6 March Victoria University. Retrieved 1 September Museum Victoria Australia. Public Transport Victoria.
The Age. Retrieved 21 October Retrieved 14 July Victorian Heritage Database. Heritage Council of Victoria. Retrieved 9 November Friends of McKay Gardens website. Sunshine Football Club official website. Sunshine Baseball Club. Bodytek Fitness. The National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 17 July Retrieved 12 February Fairfax Community Newspapers. The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. London: Orion Publishing group.
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