Summary

A souvenir programme of entertainments and toasts for the dinner held for members of the travelling staff of the Hugh V. McKay Sunshine Harvester Works, on 2nd September 1910.

This item is part of a collection of photographs, negatives, moving film, artefacts, documents and trade literature belonging to the H. V. McKay Sunshine Collection. The McKay collection is regarded as one of the most significant industrial heritage collections in Australia. The collection relates to the agricultural manufacturing firm, the Sunshine Harvester Works. The Australian operations of this company were originally founded by Hugh V. McKay in the 1890s in Ballarat. Between 1906 and 1907, McKay moved production to Sunshine where the firm became one of the largest industrial businesses in Australia. Change in ownership is a recurring theme in the company’s history. In 1930, it merged with Massey-Harris to become H.V McKay Massey Harris. In the mid-1950s, the company was absorbed by Canadian agricultural firm Massey-Ferguson. Production in Sunshine ceased in the mid-1980s, following almost 100 years of manufacturing agricultural equipment.

Physical Description

Folded off-white card. Front cover has serrated edges, printed text in brown ink embossed floral embellishment with green coloured highlights, and an illustration of Sunshine harvester. Extensive printed text inside in purple ink. Back cover has illustration of an aerial view of the Sunshine Harveser Works with a brown border.

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