A pocket sized price list of the "SUN" Line of Harvesting, Tilling, Cultivating, Seeding, and other Agricultural Implements, Machines and Farm Accessories. Each product has a detailed illustration and a list of the options available for the model. Prices quoted are for delivery on trucks at Fremantle or Albany and include price variants according to the payment terms chosen. A discount was applied for cash paid on delivery.

The lists begin with the "Sunshine" Harvester, followed by the larger machines, and then smaller tools and implements. Notably the price columns for the "Sunshine" Harvester are blank. Many of the illustrations have either a marketing slogan or reference to a special feature, e.g. "Equipped with Four Wheels". Each item has a code word included to simplify ordering. There is a remarkable range of words used including "Aptitude" and "Artery".

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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32 page booklet with yellow cardboard cover.


'H.V. MCKAY'S PRICE LIST FOR WEST AUSTRALIA 1909' 'SOLE AGENTS: SANDOVER & Co., PERTH' Title Page Reads: '1909 PRICE LIST 1909, of the "SUN" Line of Harvesting, Tilling, Cultivating, Seeding and other Agricultural Implements, Machinery and Farm Accessories' 'HUGH VICTOR McKAY SUNSHINE HARVESTER WORKS, SUNSHINE, VICTORIA'

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