Two typewritten extract copies of opinions, in answer to unknown questions, expressed by F. Gavan Duffy, regarding whether the Parliament of Australia can ask particular questions of H. V. McKay during the Royal Commission on Stripper Harvesters & Drills, and whether he can be fined for his refusal to answer. Dated 24th March 1909.

The Royal Commission on Stripper Harvesters and Drills was conducted between 15th December 1908 and 30th July 1909. The Commission was chaired by A. Poynton. Other Commissioners were J. M. Chanter, G. W. Fuller, J. K. McDougall, and S. Sampson.

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, foolscap sized, translucent paper. Typewritten text in black ink. Handwritten text in pencil on reverse of one of sheets.

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