A typewritten Memorandum of Agreement between H. V. McKay, machinery manufacturer of Ballarat, and Thomas McKee, fitter of Ballarat, dated 8th May 1903. Documents both signed as witnessed by M. B. King. Both documents are annotated and initialled.

The agreement is for remuneration of £3 per week plus reasonable expenses in return for employment of Thomas McKee to work under the instructions of Mr Samuel McKay to further and promote the interests of H. V. McKay in South America and elsewhere, for a period of two years.

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.

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