The premises of Australian Grit/F.T. Wimble is of significance to the City of Maribyrnong.
Architecturally it is a simple but a distinctive building form in the Moderne style, reflecting the period of industrial expansion in the Braybrook area in the pre World War Two period and the local prominence of the Moderne style for industrial buildings in the area at this time.
(Criterion E1) Historically the building has a long association with unique or distinctive industries including grit manufacturing and one of the few printers' requisite suppliers in Melbourne. (Criteria B2 & D2).
The Australian Heritage Commission criteria consist of a set of eight criteria which cover social, aesthetic, scientific, and historic values. Each criterion has sub-criteria written specifically for cultural or natural values. As this project is for cultural values, the sub-criteria used are identified by their alpha-numeric code and briefly described as follows:
. A.3 richness and diversity of cultural features
. A.4 demonstrates well the course and pattern of history, important historic events
. B.2 rarity
. C.2 research potential
. D.2 good example of type
. E.1 aesthetic importance to the community or cultural group
Single story rendered red brick factory featuring bold cement-rendered pilasters and steel framed windows set in horizontal bands. A timber framed, sawtooth roofed, corrugated-iron clad industrial building is at the rear. The facade presents large steel, industrial glazing set in an opening framed by a massive curved rendered surround forming lintel, sills and jambs, as the principal and distinguishing architectural feature which accentuates the horizontal motif.
B2 Importance in demonstrating a distinctive way of life, custom, process, land-use, function or design no longer practised, in danger of being lost, or of exceptional interest.
Distinctive in the unique functions as a grit manufacturer and later printing ink manufacturer, demonstrating the range of industrial manufacturing in the Braybrook noxious trades area.
E1 Importance for a community for aesthetic characteristics held in high esteem or otherwise valued by the community.
A simple but expressive example of Moderne styling as applied to a small industrial building.
D2 Importance in demonstrating the principle characteristics of the range of human activities in the Australian environment (including way of life, custom, process, land-use, function, design or technique).
The place is notable for its long association with two distinctive industries including the grit manufacturer and printing ink manufacture.