Negative of an image showing workers packing crop lifters into wooden boxes at the Sunshine Harvester Works factory in 1924.
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.
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Four workers facing camera while holding crop lifters. A group of crop lifters are leaning against a wall on the left. Shelves containing parts are in the background.
Black and white copy negative.
Negative - Copy, Black & White
Caption reads: "DESPATCHING CROP LIFTERS FROM FACTORY: DEC 1924" PHOTO TAKEN INSIDE THE H.V. MCKAY SUNSHINE FACTORY SHOWING ASSEMBLY OF CROP LIFTER CARRYING BARS. (CROP LIFTERS WERE USED FOR HARVESTING DOWN & TANGLED CROPS.) SPARE PARTS ARE STORED IN WOODEN BOXES.
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