McKenzie and Holland Factory Complex (former), Hobsons Bay Heritage Study 2006
Statement of Significance
What is Significant?
The McKenzie & Holland factory complex (former), comprising the surviving buildings constructed prior to World War 2, at 41-59 Stephenson Street and 9-9A Sutton Street, South Kingsville.
How is it Significant?
The McKenzie & Holland factory complex (former) is of local historic, social and technical significance to the City of Hobsons Bay.
Why is it Significant?
Historically, it is significant for the strong associations with the nationally important and pioneering transport and signalling firm of McKenzie & Holland (later Westinghouse Signal & Brake), which formed part of the vast railway industry that made Spotswood and Newport one of the largest concentrations of rail-related manufacturing in Australia. (AHC criteria A4 and H1)
Socially, it is significant for its associations with the development of the South Kingsville community as one of the major employers in this area during the Interwar years. (AHC criterion G1)
Technically, it is significant for the retention of now rare early saw-tooth factories with canted roof lights, which illustrate how English factory technology was imported for use in Australia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The painted sign following the saw-tooth profile on the east elevation is significant as an evocative reminder of the long association of McKenzie & Holland with this complex. (AHC criteria E1 and F1)