A typewritten Memorandum of Agreement, and a receipt for wages, between H. V. McKay, machinery manufacturer of Ballarat, and Charles Nunn, tinsmith of Ballarat, signed by both and witnessed by M.B. King, dated 9th May 1903.

The agreement is for remuneration of £3 per week plus reasonable expenses in return for employment of John Lawson 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. A portion of his wage (15 shillings per week) is to be paid to his wife every fortnight.

The receipt is handwritten on company letterhead and signed by Maggie Dunn for the sum of £1 10 shillings being for C. Nunn's wages, dated 6th June 1903.

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

Two sheets of off-white paper. Typewritten text in purple ink. Underlined text in red ink. Handwritten signatures. Single sheet of lined, off-white paper, company letterhead, handwritten in black ink.

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