Minutes of Meeting - Workers at Sunshine Harvester Works, Ballarat, 1 Nov 1905 Document Reg. No: HT 31062

Typewritten minutes of meeting of employees of the Sunshine Harvester Works, Ballarat, dated 1st November 1905. The meeting was chaired by G. Bult and was called as a result of a letter to the "Argus" editor from former employee, J. C. Weickhardt, dated 30th October 1905 and attached to the minutes.

The letter from J. C. Weickhardt accuses local agricultural manufacturers of not paying reasonable wages and profiting excessively from local farmers. The resolution at the meeting was "That this Meeting consisting of men who have worked beside and knew J.C. Weichardt [sic], declare that his behaviour while here was such as to forfeit our confidence and respect. We also declare his statement with reference to the "Sunshine Harvester" Works appearing in this morning's "Argus" to be entirely untrue." The resolution was carried unanimously and signed on behalf of the workmen of various departments by their representatives: R. Rodgers (carpenters), W. Reynolds (blacksmiths), W. Bannister (painters), P. Hore (tinsmiths), J. Cairns (fitters), J. Aubrey (machinists) and R. Clark (wood machinists).

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 typewritten sheets of translucent paper, printed in black ink. Newspaper cutting attached to first page with adhesive.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Cecil Newton McKay (nee Shaw)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 330 mm (Height), 202 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: manufacturing, agricultural equipment, import tariffs, protectionism, royal commissions, meetings, 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: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Agricultural & Horticultural Equipment
Tertiary Classification: workers
Inscriptions: First page, top: ' BALLARAT, NOV. 1st. 1905. / MINUTES OF INDIGNATION MEETING OF EMPLOYEES HELD THIS DAY / AT THE "SUNSHINE" HARVESTER WORKS BALLARAT. / MR GEO BULT IN THE CHAIR. / The following letter which appeared in this day's "Argus" was / read to the Meeting by the Chairman ' [Further extensive text]
Issued By: Sunshine Harvester Works

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