After WW2 there existed an acute skills and labour shortage within the Victorian Railways and as a consequence the department sought migrants from overseas to fill the need. With all the people arriving there wasn’t enough housing to go around so contracts were let for pre-cut houses to be made in England and over 3284 houses were purchased through the Railways.
The SEC (975), Melbourne Harbour Trust (18), State Rivers (300), Commonwealth Govt (500) took up the remaining items from the VR orders. Many are still in existence around the state in 2012 well beyond the expected lifespan of 15-20 years initially.
A typical suburban DR at Sunshine featuring a 3 bedroom version of the 2 bedroom unit in the above model photo