Historic engineering marker plaque dedicated by the Institution of Engineers of Australia in recognition of the McKay smithy as a significant structure the history of Australian agriculture.
Pressed metal plaque with the Institution of Australian Engineers insignia in the left corner and a brief statement summarising the importance of the McKay smithy in the history of the development of McKay stripper harvesters and subsequently sunshine harvesters.
Transfer from Institution of Engineers of Australia (The) (IEAust)
Institution of Engineers of Australia (The) (IEAust), Australia
The Institution of Engineers, Australia, have a Register of Significant built and movable engineering heritage.
Other Association (See Comments)
H.V. McKay, Sunshine Harvester Works, Sunshine, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Plaque states the importance of the McKay smithy in the history of the development of McKay's prototype stripper harvester and subsequently 'Sunshine' harvesters.
Top left corner of plaque: Logo of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. Plaque text reads: 'Historic Engineering / Marker / The McKay Smithy / In this farm smithy, originally located at Drummartin, / Victoria, Hugh Victor McKay produced his first / harvesting machine which in one operation could / strip the heads, thresh, winnow & bag off the grain. / The first commercial McKay stripper harvesters were / sold in 1885 & led to the development of the / Sunshine Harvesters, these machines made a significant / contribution to the development of Australian / agriculture. / Dedicated by / the Institution of Engineers, Australia, 1985'.
Type of item
30 cm (Length), 40 cm (Width), 3 cm (Height)