A letter dated 15th January 1889 written by Hugh Victor McKay to his mother, Mary Wilson, in which he writes of his fear of possibly not being able to meet his business financial obligations. He asks for her prayers and acknowledges the importance of the comfort of his Christian faith during his time of despair.

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

Lined white notepaper, folded in half. Three handwritten sections in black ink. Creases in paper from folds. Handwritten text in pencil in top right corner.

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