East Brunswick Village is a unique urban renewal project transforming the former Sidney Cooke Fasteners site in East Brunswick into an exciting, community-focused space for twenty-first century living.
From the 1840s on, East Brunswick was vital to Melbourne’s growth. Its quarries supplied materials to local brickworks, which in turn supplied bricks to many of the city’s houses, public buildings and landmarks. Rope works, foundries, pottery works and piano makers thrived in East Brunswick – as did a nail manufacturer, Sidney Cooke Fasteners.
Legend tells that one sunny day in 1920, printer’s ink manufacturer Sidney Cooke left his East Brunswick office in search of a sandwich, and came back the owner of a nail manufacturing business. He’d seen a for sale sign, gone in, and bought the company, which he renamed Sidney Cooke Fasteners, and successfully ran for more than half a century.