Black and white photograph of a harvester working in a field in Argentina, circa 1892.

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

Harvester being operated in a field in Argentina. A man sits on the harvester whilst another sits on one of the six horses pulling the machine. The harvester has writing on it that reads 'Crescent. Juan Jose Drysdale & Co 440 Peru Buenos Aires'. Dated circa 1892. Logo on Harvester reads 'Hugh V McKay - Sunshine Harvester Works Ballarat Victoria - The Sunshine Harvester'

Physical Description

Black and white photograph. Torn and creased.

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