Abridged catalogue covering a selected range of different farming equipment manufactured by H.V. McKay's Sunshine Harvester Works. Each product listed is accompanied by a brief description and image.

The third last page of the catalogue features information about the company including that the "Sunshine Harvester Works...employ over 2000 Australian artisans, including a very large proportion of farmers' sons". This is no doubt an attempt to demonstrate to farmers the Company's connections with and support to the farming community. The catalogue goes on to say that "over 200 Returned Soldiers are employed" at the factory. In the post-First World War period finding work for returned soldiers was a major political issue. By highlighting its role in employing returned soldiers the company was positioning itself in a wider political and social discourse.

On the inside back cover there is an engraving captioned "daily train load of Harvesting Machinery leaving the Sunshine Works". The image shows a steam powered goods train with 14 trucks, each loaded with two 'Sunshine' harvesters. The train is standing in front of a factory with smoke stacks and represents the company as being at the forefront of industrial development. The image also shows gantries for overhead wiring installed as part of the electricification of Melbourne's suburban railway lines. Construction of the required infrastructure commenced in 1918 and electric passenger train serivces were inaugurated on the Sunshine line in September 1920. There are some notations on the front cover including writing in ink with signature and what appears to be the date 22/09/21.

Part of a collection of photographs, negatives, moving film, artefacts, documents and trade literature belonging to the H. V. McKay Sunshine Collection. The Australian operations of this company were originally founded by Hugh V. McKay in the 1890s. The McKay collection is regarded as one of the most significant industrial heritage collections in Australia.



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