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Auto Header - H.V. McKay, Sunshine, Self-Propelled Harvester, after 1927 Object Reg. No: ST 037932

Self propelled harvester with standard front, pick-up front, rice front and pea front. Manufactured by H.V. McKay Pty.Ltd., Sunshine, Victoria from 1927.

The power unit of the header is a Fordson tractor made by Ford at the Michigan plant, U.S.A.
There are several markings on the machine: "Sunshine" with a sunburst on each of the three elevator cowls, green letters with yellow sunrays on the head attached to the machine. The parts numbers on the machine indicate that the unit was made some time after 1927.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Hugh McKay, 1973
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 260.0 cm (Height), 425.0 cm (Width), 585.0 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: agriculture, exports, harvesting equipment, header harvesters, industrial design, innovations, tractors, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: H.V. McKay Sunshine Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Transport Collection, Hugh V. McKay, Agricultural Implement & Machinery Manufacturer, Ballarat & Sunshine, Victoria, Sunshine Stripper Harvester, H.V. McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd, Agricultural Equipment Manufacturers & Importers, Sunshine, Victoria, The Sunshine Harvester Works, Sunshine, Victoria, Australia, McKay's Brandnames, Origin of the 'Sunshine' Brandname
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Crop Management - Harvesting
Tertiary Classification: header harvesters
Manufacturer: H.V. McKay Pty Ltd, Sunshine, Victoria, Australia, post 1927
Manufacturer of Component: Ford Motor Company, Michigan, United States of America, post 1927

Manufactured the power unit.
Designer: Mr Headlie Taylor - H.V. McKay Pty Ltd, Sunshine Harvester Works, Sunshine, Victoria, Australia, post 1927
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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