Black and white photograph of visitors observing factory machinery, McKay Massey Harris Pty. Ltd., Sunshine.

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

Factory exterior, McKay Massey Harris Pty. Ltd., Sunshine. A man, two women and two boys are looking at a machine located in an opening of the factory wall. It features a conveyor belt which is transporting and dropping material into a four-wheeled cart located outside on the ground below.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph. Printed stamp on reverse in purple ink.

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