A handwritten letter from S. B. Clarke of Armagh, Ireland to his cousin H. V McKay, 1906.

The letter seeks monetary assistance from H. V. McKay for S. B. Clarke to travel to Australia on the Afric ship (White Star Line) which is sailing from Liverpool on the 7th June.

S. B. Clarke, 23 years, is recorded as a passenger on the Afric, which arrived in Australia on the 23rd July 1906.

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

Sheet of blue card, unfolded. Handwritten text in black ink on two sides.

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