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Black and white photograph of Tom N. McArthur (on the left) and Edward (Ted) Pickersgill, employees at H.V McKay Massey Harris. Tom McArthur was also the Assistant Secretary of the company's golf club. Edward Pickersgill worked in the company's Store Office and was a veteran of World War I, enlisting in the First A.I.F. at the age of 17. He reached the rank of Lieutenant and served with the 46th Battalion in France. As a Sunshine resident, he was involved in various aspects of community life. He was a member of the local cricket and football teams. In addition, he was also part of the R.S.S.A, I.L.A, Masonic Lodge and R.A.O.B. Edward passed away aged 49 at his Sunshine home in Leith Avenue in March 1948. He was survived by his two daughters.

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.

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Two men facing each other and smiling. The man on the right is wearing a Returned Soldiers League (RSL) badge on his jacket.

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