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Plough Model - mouldboard, 'Sunlock', H. V. McKay, Sunshine, pre 1928 Object Reg. No: ST 017396

Model of 3- furrow mouldboard plough. "Sunlock" manufactured by H.V. McKay, Sunshine, Victoria, before 1928. Model made by H. V. McKay, Sunshine.

This type of plough was first made at the Sunshine Harvester Works in 1911. Made in 2-5 furrow sizes. The plough features adjustable furrow width, using a method invented by John Whitlock, an Australian, about 1907.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from H.V. McKay Pty Ltd, 1928
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 32 cm (Height), 34 cm (Width), 71 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: agriculture, cultivation, exports, industrial design, ploughs, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: Hugh V. McKay, Agricultural Implement & Machinery Manufacturer, Ballarat & Sunshine, Victoria, H.V. McKay Sunshine Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Sunshine Stripper Harvester, Sunshine Stripper Harvester, H.V. McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd, Agricultural Equipment Manufacturers & Importers, Sunshine, Victoria, H.V. McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd, Agricultural Equipment Manufacturers & Importers, Sunshine, Victoria, The Sunshine Harvester Works, Sunshine, Victoria, Australia, McKay's Brandnames
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Crop Management - Ploughing
Tertiary Classification: model ploughs
Manufacturer: H.V. McKay Pty Ltd, Sunshine, Victoria, Australia, pre 1928

Blacksmith. Inventor.
Inventor: Mr John Whitlock, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, circa 1907

Blacksmith. Inventor.
Modelmaker: H.V. McKay, Sunshine Harvester Works, Sunshine, Victoria, Australia, pre 1928
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


Ron Waterhouse Posted on 10 Aug 2013 11:07 PM
This Sunlock plough model is a credit to the makers. It is a pity that it is displayded with the front wheel facimg the wrong way. It should run in the furrow and lean against the side load of the plough - not with that load. I trsut the fault will eventually be corrected
Ron Waterhouse Posted on 20 Sep 2014 10:26 PM
12 months ago I pointed out that the front wheel of this model was facing the wrong way. I am not sure how this came about as the Sunlock plough featured in the 1910 photo shows the correct wheel position of a similar plough in action and with the wheel as it should be.
My queation is - Has the models front wheel been corrected or does it stil remain the same in its reversed position?
Discovery Centre Posted on 24 Sep 2014 11:35 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hello Ron - The leading wheel would normally be leaning away from the plough (as is shown with the other model on display). It is more than likely that the model came to us in this condition, or has been in this position for some time, and as a result, no realignment can occur without a full conservation assessment of the capacity of the wheel to be moved. There is currently a request submitted for conservation assessment for this item, so that we can understand its capacity for realignment, and to identify what opportunity there is for changeover of objects, and identify an alternative model for display.

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