Summary

An aerial drawing of the Sunshine Harvester Works, Sunshine. The McKay factory was promoted as the largest manufacturing enterprise in the southern hemisphere.

This forms part of the extensive McKay Sunshine Collection that includes images, trade literature, objects, oral histories and film.

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Etching showing an artist's aerial view of H.V. McKay's Sunshine Harvester Works, created in about 1911, with the main railway line from Melbourne to Ballarat and Bendigo in the foreground, from which three sidings curve around extending into the factory. A passing steam-powered passenger train is shown on the main line heading north and a steam-powered goods train comprising trucks loaded with agricultual equipment is exiting the works on the third siding, which passes through the centre of the factory (on an alignment later known as Russell Street). The building at rear left with a smoking chimney is the factory power station. The large building in the centre with several smoking chimneys is the original Braybrook Implement Works, which pre-dated H.V. McKay's acquisition of the site in 1904. The single storey office building facing the railway line at front right was built in 1909 to the designs of architect J. Raymond Robinson to become the company's corporate headquarters.

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