Photograph of a horse drawn wagon with a cultivator and hay rake loaded on wagon in street outside Sydney branch of Massey Harris. The driver of the conveyance pictured outside the store in John McKieran, the brother-in-law of Fred Mattey, the Assistant Warehouse Foreman of the Sydney branch. Mattey held this position in 1963.

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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A man is driving a horse and cart outside the Massey Harris showroom in Sydney. On the cart is a cultivator and hay rake. A sign on the wall behind the horse and cart reads, 'MASSEY-HARRIS ....Y LTD BRITISH BUILT FARM..... SHOWROOM ...'. The street has tram tracks built into them.

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Black and white sepia toned photograph

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