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Farm Smithy Model - McKay Farm Smithy, Sunshine, 1954 Object Reg. No: ST 024094

In 1954 as part of the Sunshine 70th anniversary celebrations a farm smithy model building competition was held. The models were judged according to accuracy of dimensions, construction, detail and appearance. The first prize was awarded to Mr Vern Eason at the Sunshine's 70th Anniversary Exhibition. Mr Eason was subsequently commissioned by H. V. McKay Massey Harris to produce four more models, each one to be given to branch offices in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland, with the remaining model to 'have a place of honour at Sunshine' (Sunshine Review, Sept 1954). This model is almost certainly one of these five models.

Six models were entered into the competition. V. Eason (Maintenance), P. Kruszynski (Painters), A. Reid (Fitters), A.W. Snaith (Transport Repair), J. Duggan (Builders), W.J. Pummeroy (Core). All of the entries were displayed as part of the 70th Anniversary Exhibition, 12-18th March 1954.

The H.V. McKay farm smithy was built at Drummartin, Victoria, by Hugh McKay and his brother John. It was in this smithy that the prototype of McKay's famous stripper harvester was assembled in 1884.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from H.V. McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd, 1956
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: agriculture, blacksmithing, blacksmithing tools, buildings, modelmaking
Themes this item is part of: H.V. McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd, Agricultural Equipment Manufacturers & Importers, Sunshine, Victoria, H.V. McKay Sunshine Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Hugh V. McKay, Agricultural Implement & Machinery Manufacturer, Ballarat & Sunshine, Victoria, Hugh V. McKay, Agricultural Implement & Machinery Manufacturer, Ballarat & Sunshine, Victoria, The Sunshine Harvester Works, Sunshine, Victoria, Australia, McKay's Brandnames
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Agricultural & Horticultural Equipment
Tertiary Classification: model workshops
Commissioned By: H.V. McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd, Sunshine, Victoria, Australia, 1954
Modelmaker: Mr Vern Eason, Victoria, Australia, 1954
Owner of Item Modelled: Mr Hugh McKay, Drummartin, via Elmore, Victoria, Australia, 1884
References: http://museumvictoria.com.au/sunshine/ viewed 12.05.2008 LDH
  1. [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
  2. [Article] 2003. "Resurrecting the Sunshine Harvester Works: Re-presenting and Reinterpreting the Experience of Industrial Work in Twentieth-Century Australia", Labour History., 2003
  3. [Article] Dale-Hallett, Liza. 2004. "Collecting by Stealth: the HV McKay Collection", Museum Victoria Magazine., 2004

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