Summary

Headlie Taylor's diary was used to record information about McKay farming equipment including auto-headers, combines and harvesters from 1928 to 1953.

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

Brown cloth bound book with ruled pages marked with numbers at the top. Most entries are handwritten in ink. 6 typewritten pages have been attached by adhesive tape . Some printed materials have been adhered to the pages. The diary also includes drawings of farming equipment. The original black front cover with page one on the reverse, has become detached. The diary appears to have been bound again in brown cloth.

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