Black and white photograph of dinner for the staff in the rooms at Sunshine Harvester Works. Guest at the event was Sir Joseph Cook.

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.

Description of Content

H.V. McKay and a group of men sit at numerous dining tables within a factory interior. They wear suits and the dinner tables are set with linen, crockery and flowers. Flags hang from the ceiling beams and decorate the room whilst the light globes create a round glow.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph. Handwritten text on reverse in black ink.

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