Black and white negative of employees arriving at Braybrook Junction, Sunshine Harvester Works.

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

Numerous men walking on a dirt road alongside a wooden fence having just arrived at Braybrook Junction railway station. They are heading towards the Sunshine Harvester Works factory in the distance. Railway lines are visible to the left where men can also be seen walking towards the factory.

Physical Description

Black and white photographic negative on cellulose acetate film.

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