A typewritten Memorandum of Agreement between H. V. McKay, machinery manufacturer of Ballarat, and James Grey, expert of Ballarat, signed by both, dated 18th Sep 1903. Also includes an unsigned typewritten copy.

The agreement is for remuneration of £2 10 shillings per week for the first year and £3 per week for second year, plus reasonable expenses, in return for employment of James Grey to further and promote the interests of H. V. McKay in Chile, until the end of January 1905.

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. Handwritten text and signatures.

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