Copy negative of an image showing workers from H.V McKay Massey Harris exiting factory ground in 1939. Photograph is located in an album: Volume No.1: 'Views of Factories and Branches', page 53. This is one of 25 albums that provide detailed visual documentation of the activities of the McKay enterprise.
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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Group of male workers exiting factory grounds. Brick buildings are in the background. Most of the men are wearing hats. One man on the left is walking beside his bicycle.
Black and white copy negative.
Negative - Copy, 35 mm, Black & White
"THE AGE MARCH 17. 1839.7.639" (AGE PHOTO NO NEG) Caption reads: "MEN LEAVING THE WORKS: MARCH 1939" `KNOCK-OFF TIME': THE PICTURE SHOWS WORKERS LEAVING THE SUNSHINE FACTORY THROUGH THE MAIN GATE ONTO DEVONSHIRE ROAD.
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[Link 1] Viewed 7.5.09. [Link 2] Viewed 7.5.09. Perry, Warren. 'The Science Museum of Victoria'.
[Chapter] Dale-Hallett, Liza, et al. 'The McKay Collection', in Rasmussen, Carolyn. A Museum for the People: A History of Museum Victoria. p.271-273., 2001
[Article] 2003. "Resurrecting the Sunshine Harvester Works: Re-presenting and Reinterpreting the Experience of Industrial Work in Twentieth-Century Australia", Labour History., 2003
[Article] Dale-Hallett, Liza. 2004. "Collecting by Stealth: the HV McKay Collection", Museum Victoria Magazine., 2004