Black and white photograph depicting a group portrait of office and factory staff at Sunshine Harvester Works. Photographed by Richards & Co., Ballarat.

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

Group of men pose in a studio setting. The back row stand on a raised platform with a trompe-l'oeil wall behind them, the middle row stands on the floor and the front row sit on seats with two rugs on the floor in the foreground.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph. Handwritten inscription on front and reverse in black ink. Inscriptions list some of employee's names

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