Photograph of the Palais Theatre in St Kilda, where the Show of Progress concert was being held.

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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Outside the Palais Theatre in St Kilda, are three buses. Two labelled 'Thomson's Road Liners' the third labelled 'Quince's'. Sign on the Palais reads, 'MASSEY FERGUSON SHOW OF PROGRESS THEATRE PRESENTATION TODAY'. A Holden Silver-Top taxi is in the foreground, and a crowd of people are waiting to go inside. In the background is the scaffolding of Luna Park's scenic railway.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph

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