A typewritten Memorandum of Agreement between H. V. McKay, manufacturer of Ballarat, and George Brook, traveller of Moama, dated 1st February 1902, signed by both.

The agreement is for remuneration of £4 per week including the use horse and buggy, plus expenses up to £2 per week in return for employment of George Brook as a travelling salesman, exclusive to the business of H. V. McKay, in the Echuca and Moama districts. The agreement is valid for a year, beginning on the 15th March 1902, with termination requiring one month's notice by either party.

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

Single sheet of off-white paper. Typewritten text in purple ink. Handwritten signatures and annotations in black ink.

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