107 - 117 Hampshire Road - Shops
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5 - 7 Suns Crescent - Shops

Sunshine

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After World War 2, many Sunshine teenagers found entertainment whiling away the hours for entertainment feeding loose change into the jukebox at Homewood’s Café.

 

Next door to the Sunshine Memorial Town Hall in Hampshire Road the big brightly lit café attracted large crowds and was very popular during the weekly Saturday night dances run by popular hairdresser Ern Davis. Probably the brightest feature in the café was the popular jukebox.

 

The cafe at 107 - 109 Hampshire Road was ideally located for the purpose being situated in the social centre of Sunshine surrounded by George Kirby’s Sunshine Theatre, the Town Hall and the Masonic Hall. It was also passed daily by crowds of school students on their way to and from school and it was a mecca for servicemen on leave during World War 2 when it was commonplace to enter the café` to the strains of Marlene Dietrich singing “Lili Marlene” and other wartime favourites jauntily streaming from the jukebox.

 

Before the war the popular venue was in the capable hands of the Hellyer family but during the early 1940s the reins passed to Mrs. S. Homewood but it retained its awesome popularity with Mrs. Homewood in control. As a result it was regularly referred to as both Helyer’s Café and Homewood’s Café depending on which generation was reminiscing.

 

The jukebox phenomenon was born when in 1928 a player piano maker, Justus P. Seeburg, combined an electronic loudspeaker with a coin operated record player to introduce the jukebox as we know it using a mechanism patented in 1918 for automatically changing records. Later versions included Seeburg’s invention of a jukebox with 10 turntables mounted vertically on a spindle allowing the customer to manoeuvre the mechanical arm to select from 10 different records. As electronic recording and amplification improved there was greater demand for coin operated phonographs so more sophisticated automation was introduced into jukeboxes as well. Styling progressed from plain wooden boxes in the early 1930s to eye.

The shops at 107 - 109 Hampshire Road next to the old townhall have been demolished and their former sites are now part of the R.T. Pollard Gardens.

In the 1960's, this section of Hampshire Road was renamed to Sun Crescent.

1918        Hampshire Rd    Dickson, George - Confectioner & Dairyman


1919        Hampshire Rd    Baker, Wyndham Alfred - Confectionist and Dairy


1920        Hampshire Rd    Baker, Wyndham Alfred - Confectionist and Dairy


1921        Hampshire Rd    Baker, Wyndham Alfred - Confectionist and Dairy


1923        Hampshire Rd    Shop being built
1923        Hampshire Rd    Cairns, Robert - Confectionist


1924        Hampshire Rd    White, W. T. & Co - Butchers
1924        Hampshire Rd    2 Shops being built
1924        Hampshire Rd    Cairns, Robert - Confectionist


1925        Hampshire Rd    White, W. T. & Co - Butchers
1925        Hampshire Rd    Richards, Mrs Ann - General Store
1925        Hampshire Rd    Patrick, Mrs Gertrude Irene - Confectionist
1925        Hampshire Rd    O'Brien Bros - Estate Agents
1925        Hampshire Rd    Cairns, Robert - Confectionist


1926        Hampshire Rd    White, W. T. & Co - Butchers
1926        Hampshire Rd    Richards, Mrs Ann - General Store
1926        Hampshire Rd    Patrick, Mrs Gertrude Irene - Confectionist
1926        Hampshire Rd    O'Brien Bros - Estate Agents
1926        Hampshire Rd    Cairns, Robert - Confectionist


1927        Hampshire Rd    Glendenning, William Edward - Butcher
1927        Hampshire Rd    Porter, Mrs Irene Mary - Fruiterer
1927        Hampshire Rd    Patrick, Mrs Gertrude Irene - Confectionist
1927        Hampshire Rd    Vacant
1927        Hampshire Rd    Cairns, Robert - Confectionist


1928        Hampshire Rd    Glendenning, William Edward - Butcher
1928        Hampshire Rd    Porter, Mrs Irene Mary - Fruiterer
1928        Hampshire Rd    Patrick, Mrs Gertrude Irene - Confectionist
1928        Hampshire Rd    Young, Miss R. - Dress Maker
1928        Hampshire Rd    Spittle, Miss M. - Ladies Hairdresser
1928        Hampshire Rd    Cairns, Robert - Confectionist


1929    117    Hampshire Rd    Glendenning, William Edward - Butcher
1929    115    Hampshire Rd    Tardiff, Miss S. - Florist
1929    113    Hampshire Rd    Patrick, Mrs Gertrude Irene - Confectionist
1929    111    Hampshire Rd    Vacant
1929    109    Hampshire Rd    Cairns, Robert - Confectionist


1930    117    Hampshire Rd    Glendenning, William Edward - Butcher
1930    115    Hampshire Rd    Stavely, Hugh Atchison - Tailor
1930    113    Hampshire Rd    Patrick, Mrs Gertrude Irene - Confectionist
1930    111    Hampshire Rd    Jackson, Arthur - Jeweller
1930    109    Hampshire Rd    Cairns, Robert - Confectionist


1931    117    Hampshire Rd    Glendenning, William Edward - Butcher
1931    115    Hampshire Rd    Vacant
1931    113    Hampshire Rd    Forden, Miss Daisy - Confectionist
1931    111    Hampshire Rd    Stavely, Hugh Atchison - Tailor
1931    111    Hampshire Rd    Jackson, Arthur - Jeweller
1931    109    Hampshire Rd    Cairns, Robert - Confectionist


1933    117           Hampshire Rd    Glendenning, William Edward - Butcher
1933    115           Hampshire Rd    Holden, David William Henry - Library
1933    113           Hampshire Rd    Forden, Miss Daisy - Confectionist
1933    111           Hampshire Rd    Synnott, D. - Boot Repairer
1933    107-109    Hampshire Rd    Hellyer, Richard Henry - Confectionist


1935    117    Hampshire Rd    Glendenning, William Edward - Butcher
1935    115    Hampshire Rd    Stavely, Hugh Atchison - Tailor
1935    113    Hampshire Rd    Forden, Miss Daisy - Confectionist
1935    111    Hampshire Rd    Vacant
1935    109    Hampshire Rd    Griffiths, Mrs B. - Confectionist
1935    107    Hampshire Rd    Griffiths, William


1938    115-117    Hampshire Rd    Glendenning, William Edward - Butcher
1938    113           Hampshire Rd    Anderson, William George - Confectionist
1938    111           Hampshire Rd    Tovey, H. - Boot Repirer
1938    107-109    Hampshire Rd    Hellyer, Richard Henry - Confectionist


1940    117           Hampshire Rd    Glendenning, William Edward - Butcher
1940    115           Hampshire Rd    Rees, Miss M. - Dress Maker
1940    113           Hampshire Rd    Anderson, William George - Confectionist
1940    111           Hampshire Rd    Tovey, H. - Boot Repirer
1940    107-109    Hampshire Rd    Hellyer, Richard Henry - Confectionist


1942    117           Hampshire Rd    Glendenning, William Edward - Butcher
1942    115           Hampshire Rd    Vacant
1942    113           Hampshire Rd    Anderson, William George - Confectionist
1942    111           Hampshire Rd    Vacant
1942    107-109    Hampshire Rd    Munro, J. - Confectionist


1945    117           Hampshire Rd    The Shine Meat Supply & Ice Works
1945    115           Hampshire Rd    Bult, Reginald Lorraine
1945    113           Hampshire Rd    Anderson, W. - Confectionist
1945    111           Hampshire Rd    Vacant
1945    107-109    Hampshire Rd    Homewood, Mrs Sylvia May - Confectionist


1948    117           Hampshire Rd    Lewis, A. & Co. - Butchers
1948    115           Hampshire Rd    Bult, Reginald Lorraine
1948    113           Hampshire Rd    Hubber, William John "Sonny" - Confectionist
1948    111           Hampshire Rd    Collins, J. - Watchmaker
1948    111           Hampshire Rd    Morton, Colin Campbell - Plumber
1948    107-109    Hampshire Rd    Homewood, Peter "Charles" G. S.
1948    107-109    Hampshire Rd    Homewood, Mrs Sylvia May - Confectionist


1950    117           Hampshire Rd    Palmer, W. B. - Butcher
1950    115           Hampshire Rd    Bult, Reginald Lorraine
1950    113           Hampshire Rd    Hubber, William John "Sonny" - Confectionist
1950    111           Hampshire Rd    Kirby, Roscoe "Roc" Hubert
1950    111           Hampshire Rd    Morton, Colin Campbell - Plumber
1950    107-109    Hampshire Rd    Homewood, Peter "Charles" G. S.
1950    107-109    Hampshire Rd    Homewood, Mrs Sylvia May - Confectionist


1955    117           Hampshire Rd    Causon, J. - Butcher
1955    115           Hampshire Rd    Causon, J. - Hardware Retailer
1955    113           Hampshire Rd    Hill, Leonard James - Cakes
1955    111           Hampshire Rd    Vacant
1955    107-109    Hampshire Rd    Homewood, Mrs Sylvia May - Confectionist


1960    117    Hampshire Rd    Hampshire Paint Centre
1960    111    Hampshire Rd    National Bank of A'sia Ltd
1960    109    Hampshire Rd    Williams. M. & P. - Solicitor
1960    107    Hampshire Rd    Gray, K. J.


1970    5      Sun Cres    Vanesurs, J. - Boot Repairer
1970    5a    Sun Cres    Miocevic, B. - Tailor
1970    7      Sun Cres    Astronaut Travel Service
1970    9      Sun Cres    Sunshine Continental Butchers


1974    5      Sun Cres    Vanesurs, J. - Boot Repairer
1974    5a    Sun Cres    Miocevic, B. - Tailor
1974    7      Sun Cres    Cairns, Dr James "Jim" Ford (MLA)
1974    9      Sun Cres    Sunshine Continental Butchers

 

Ref:: S&DHS Newsletter No 53 March 2020

Ref: Sands & McDougall Directories

Photo: Bill Hellyer