Black and white photograph of a group of men associated with H.V McKay Massey Harris in London in 1952.

From a photograph album containing one hundred and four black and white photographs and three colour transparencies depicting H. V. McKay Massey Harris agents, groups, portraits, machinery and events dating from May 1951. Noted by a previous archivist as one of a series of 'Guard Books'.

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.

Description of Content

Group portrait of male staff members from England and South Africa. Two painted portraits are hanging on the wall in the background.

Physical Description

Black and white silver gelatin photograph attached to brown paper album page.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    H.V. McKay Sunshine Collection, Old McKay Archive

  • Collecting Areas

    Sustainable Futures, Images & Image Making

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Mr. Ron Doubleday - Massey Ferguson (Aust) Ltd, 02 Dec 1982

  • Place & Date Depicted

    Greater London, England, Great Britain, Sep 1952

  • Individuals Identified

    (left to right - back row):; Whittaker, Mr D.; Klose, Mr H.; Merriweather, Mr W.; Wellman, Mr G.; Polson, Mr B.; Wreford, Mr R.; Eaton, Mr H.; Reimers, Mr P.; Fetting, Mr D.; Clark, Mr N.; Short, Mr; (left to right - front row):; von der Meden, Mr; Malcomess, Mr D.; Heinemann, Mr E.; Malcomess, Mr F.

  • Format

    Photograph, Black & White

  • Inscriptions

    Printed in purple ink on back of photograph: 'EAST LONDON CAMERA SHOP / (MARIUS GARB, PHOTOGRAPHER) / 82A OXFORD STREET / EAST LONDON.' Printed in purple ink on white paper attached to album page beside photograph: 'SEP 1952 / SEP 1952' Printed in black ink on white paper attached to album page beside photograph: 'Names of those appearing in photograph. / Back row, standing, left to right. - / D. Whittaker, manager Motor Department, East London. / H. Klose, Capetown. / W. Merriweather, production engineer, Jacobs Foundry, Durban. / G. Wellman, East London sales department. / B. Polson, irrigation engineer, Johannesburg. / R. Wreford. manager, Johannesburg. / H. Eaton, manager, Durban. / P. Reimers, acting manager, Port Elizabeth. / D. Fetting, sales manager, East London. / N. Clark, manager motor department, Port Elizabeth. / -. Short, designing engineer, Jacobs Foundry, Durban. / Front row, sitting. / Mr. von der Meden. / Mr. D. Malcomess. / Mr. E. Heinemann. / Mr. F. Malcomess. / Photographs on wall. (left to right.) / late H. Malcomess, founder of Malcomess Limited. / late Senator C. H. Malcomess. (Douglas's father.)'

  • Classification

    Manufacturing & industry, Agricultural & horticultural equipment, Personnel

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Image Dimensions - Photograph

    210 mm (Width), 158 mm (Height)

  • Keywords

    Agents & Dealers, Engineers, Personnel, Portraits, Staff, Working Life