Summary

Black and white photograph of workers on a Bega farm working with the 5 HP Portable Sunshine Engine with chaffcutter in 1919.

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

Four men standing in front of a barn putting hay into large bags. There is a H.V. McKay petrol engine to the right of the image that is working a machine belt.

Physical Description

Black and white silver gelatin photograph with black ink square drawn on top possibly indicating where the image should be cropped.

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