Negative of returned soldiers at 'Kia Ora', the Sunshine home of Jessie and George McKay in October 1918. Among those seen in this image are Elsie and Nita McKay, Mrs John Derham, Mrs Walter Andrew, Miss Dudley, Mrs George Brodie, Miss Leah Gilbert, Mrs D.B Ferguson and her daughter Joan. The women provided a musical program and afternoon tea for guests.

The McKays were involved with various charity events and groups which supported soldiers and veterans of World War I. Jessie organised Christmas packages to be sent to soldiers at the front, while her husband was a member of the Volunteer Motor Corps. The corps, made up of Sunshine residents, took returned injured soldiers for drives in motor cars. In addition, the couple hosted events at their home to raise money for soldiers during World War I.

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

A group of men, women and children in a backyard. Many are seated on chairs or the porch. A enclosed gazebo can be seen in the background.

Physical Description

Black and white negative.

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