• Sunset: the past

    First established in 1904 as Claremont Old Men’s Home, Sunset was built to house men who were once agricultural and pastoral workers, gold prospectors or former convicts unable to support themselves in their old age.

    The site was chosen to remove the men from otherwise uncongenial circumstances with the surrounding bushland fostering a spirit of restful contentment.

    The original buildings were based on a Federation ‘Arts and Crafts’ style of architecture defined by open spaces allowing the movement of fresh air, while verandas provided shade.

    During the depression of the 1930s, the Home was swamped with a record 750 old men accommodated. In 1941 a competition was held among the residents to rename the home, and the winning name Sunset was adopted. It wasn’t until 1965 that women were welcomed as residents.

    In the mid 1960s, Sunset was classed as a public hospital, which continued to operate until 1995. The whole place was entered on the State Register of Heritage Places in 1997, and 11 of the 13 main buildings across the site have been identified to hold significant heritage value.

    Sunset Heritage Precinct: the past