Summary

Two copies of a booklet titled "A Farm Smithy: A Record of Vision and Pluck", published by the Sunshine Harvester Press, circa 1930.

The contents of the booklet eulogise the life of H.V. McKay, detailing his early struggle to establish the company. A colour image of a painting of the original bark shed of legend is included, as well as photographic portraits of the industrialist at age 20 and late in life. Quotes from McKay provide information on early working conditions, and there is a description of the technical problem which had to be overcome in designing the original harvester.

The description of how the works at Sunshine appeared to travellers heading North is useful in giving an idea of the place the Sunshine Harvester Works occupied in society at the time of writing, circa 1930.

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

A 16 page booklet, glossy pages, printed both sides, black text. Grey paper cover with brown text and border. Colour print of painting of the Smithy, two portraits of H. V. McKay and an aerial view of the Sunshine Harvester Works.

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