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Photograph - H. V. McKay Massey Harris, William Farrer, Australia, circa 1954 Image Reg. No: MM 113432

Black and white portrait of wheat breeder William Farrer

This item is 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.
Black and white silver gelatin photograph.
Description Of Content:
Photographic reproduction of a print, showing a portrait of William Farrer wearing glasses and a suit.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Massey Ferguson Iseki Australia Ltd
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 121 mm (Height), 83 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: portraits, staff, agronomists, employees, grains, people, beards
Themes this item is part of: H.V. McKay Sunshine Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Agricultural & Horticultural Equipment
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
Inscriptions: Printed in purple ink on back of photograph: 'H. V. McKAY MASSEY HARRIS PTY. LTD.'

Printed in blue ink on back of photograph: '1317'

Hand written in grey pencil on back of photograph: 'The breading / of wheat / varieties / WILLIAM J. FARRER'

Hand written in grey pencil on back of photograph: '1 3/4"'
People Depicted: Farrer, William James
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Date Made: Australia, circa 1954
Person Depicted: Mr William Farrer

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