Description of the Sunshine Harvester Works' factory dam.
Stoney Creek is a natural watercourse running through St Albans, Sunshine and Yarraville and ends at the Stoney Creek Backwash at the mouth of the Yarra River. A portion of the creek flowed through the centre of the Sunshine Harvester Works factory.The creek was later dammed at the rear of the factory Foundry at Hampshire Road in order to cool the factory's air compressors. The dam also became the main site for water delivery during fires. A large pump was connected to the dam, supplying water to various fire-points around the industrial site.
Stoney Creek was prone to flooding following heavy rains, resulting in vast areas in and around factory grounds being covered in water.In the 1960s, a tunnel was bored under Anderson Road to divert flood water into nearby Kororoit Creek.
- Sunshine Harvester Works, H.V McKay Massey Harris and Massey Ferguson factory plans, held in the H.V McKay Sunshine Collection, Museum Victoria.
- John Ayton, Ray Browne and Ken Porter (former Sunshine Harvester Works employees), personal recollections held at Museum Victoria, November 1999; June, February and October 2000.
- Eidelson, M. 1997 Stony Creek: The Journey of a Waterway and its People. Friends of Stony Creek, Yarraville.