Embossing stamp, used by Massey-Ferguson at their McKay factory.

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.

Physical Description

Metal, hand-operated embossing stamp. Metal base with circular surface with raised surface of text, "MASSEY FERGUSON HOLDINGS (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED * / THE / COMMON / SEAL / OF". Hinged metal handle at top of base. Moving handle lowers circular metal surface with depressed surface, matching embossed surface. Paper label attached to base surface with plastic, transparent tape. Handwritten text, blue ink.

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