Minutes of Evidence - Royal Commission on Customs & Excise Tariffs, Part IV, Metals & Machinery, Apr 1905 Document Reg. No: HT 29343

Two copies of the Minutes of Evidence Part IV (Metals & Machinery) from the Royal Commission on Customs & Excise Tariffs from the dates 5th April, 20th April, 26th April, 27th April and 28th April 1905.

It contains transcripts of evidence given by Arthur Green, Manager and Secretary of the Launceston Gas Company, Launceston, Tasmania; Hugh Victor McKay, Machinery Manufacturer, Melbourne and Ballarat, and representative of the Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers' Association, Victoria; John Mitchell, Agricultural Implement Manufacturer, Melbourne, Victoria, and James Moore, Manager for T. Robison & Co. Pty. Ltd., Manufacturers of Agricultural Implements, Spottiswoode, Victoria, and representative of the Melbourne Manufacturers of Stripper Harvesters.

Members present during the hearing were: Sir John Quick M.P. (Chairman), F. Clarke, J.S. Clemons, J. M. Fowler, G.W. Fuller, W.G. Higgs, T. Playford and G.W. Wamsley.

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.
Two bound documents, foolscap size, off-white paper, brown paper front cover, printed in black ink. Two staples in spine. 70 pages. Extensive text. One copy has handwritten text in pencil on front cover (in addition to the archive number). Both covers are torn around the edges and have damaged spine and sellotape repairs.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Cecil Newton McKay (nee Shaw)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 335 mm (Height), 210 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Dimensions are for one document only.

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Tagged with: manufacturing, agricultural equipment, import tariffs, protectionism, royal commissions, taxes
Themes this item is part of: H.V. McKay Sunshine Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: GOVERNANCE
Secondary Classification: Customs & Excise
Inscriptions: Front cover: " COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA / ROYAL COMMISSION / ON / CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TARIFFS. / MINUTES OF EVIDENCE. - PART IV. / METALS AND MACHINERY. / Printed and Published for the GOVERNMENT of the COMMONWEALTH of AUSTRALIA by ROBT. S. BRAIN, / Government Printer for the State of Victoria / Price Two Shillings and Sixpence. F.1634. "
Front cover, one copy, handwritten: " Mr McKay / Page 1047 / Protection "
Place Named: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

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