A promissory note (No. 320) for £12-10-0 issued by the Union Bank of Australia, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, dated 1st March 1893.

The note is payable to McKay Harvesting Machinery Company Limited by R. H. Nicholas and is due on 4th September 1893.

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.

Obverse Description

Off-white stock. Printed and handwritten text in black ink. Printed red duty stamp at left side. Decorative cartouche at left edge. One purple ink stamp.

Reverse Description

Stamped and handwritten text on reverse.

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