Photograph of Sir Rohan Delacombe and official party at opening of new foundry in 1969.

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.

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"The Governor of Victoria, Sir Rohan Delacombe (second from right) watches pouring operations in the foundry at Massey-Ferguson's Sunshine plant. During an official visit to the company's headquarters on September 1. Sir Rohan displayed a lively interest in all aspects of farm machinery production from engineering tests and development to final stages of product assembly.' Taken from Massey-Ferguson Review No.123 September 1969.

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Black and white photograph

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