Black and white photographic studio proof of H.V. McKay and group standing beside a motor car in Ireland in 1912.

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

H.V. McKay and group standing beside a motor car. It is parked in front of a double storey, ivy-covered building in Ireland and dated 1912. Up to eight passengers sit in the front and rear seats of the vehicle. Motor car is possibly a Lanchester.

Physical Description

Black and white photographic studio proof. Handwritten inscription on reverse in blue ink.

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