Handwritten letter on company letterhead from Samuel May of Horsham, to H. V. McKay of Ballarat, dated 4th July 1894.

The letter requests a meeting with H. V. McKay at the Horsham office along with Mr Sallmann and Mr Sudholz.

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

One single-sided handwritten sheet of lined, off-white with company letterhead. Printed text in grey ink. Handwritten text in black. Letterhead has image of both sides of medal awarded at the Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition. One side has crowned and veiled bust of Queen Victoria facing left and the other side has a motto around the Southern Cross surrounded by a wreath.

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