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Plaque - Institution of Engineers Australia, H.V. McKay Smithy, 1985 Object Reg. No: ST 043209

Summary:
Historic engineering marker plaque dedicated by the Institution of Engineers of Australia in recognition of the McKay smithy as a significant structure the history of Australian agriculture.
Description:
Pressed metal plaque with the Institution of Australian Engineers insignia in the left corner and a brief statement summarising the importance of the McKay smithy in the history of the development of McKay stripper harvesters and subsequently sunshine harvesters.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Institution of Engineers of Australia (The) (IEAust)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 3 cm (Height), 40 cm (Width), 30 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: innovations, inventions, agriculture, harvesting equipment, stripper harvesters, memorials, plaques
Themes this item is part of: H.V. McKay Sunshine Collection, The Sunshine Harvester Works, Sunshine, Victoria, Australia, H.V. McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd, Agricultural Equipment Manufacturers & Importers, Sunshine, Victoria, Hugh V. McKay, Agricultural Implement & Machinery Manufacturer, Ballarat & Sunshine, Victoria, Sunshine Stripper Harvester, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Crop Management - Harvesting
Tertiary Classification: stripper harvesters
Inscriptions: Top left corner of plaque: Logo of the Institution of Engineers, Australia.
Plaque text reads: 'Historic Engineering / Marker / The McKay Smithy / In this farm smithy, originally located at Drummartin, / Victoria, Hugh Victor McKay produced his first / harvesting machine which in one operation could / strip the heads, thresh, winnow & bag off the grain. / The first commercial McKay stripper harvesters were / sold in 1885 & led to the development of the / Sunshine Harvesters, these machines made a significant / contribution to the development of Australian / agriculture. / Dedicated by / the Institution of Engineers, Australia, 1985'.
Commissioned By: Institution of Engineers of Australia (The) (IEAust), Australia

The Institution of Engineers, Australia, have a Register of Significant built and movable engineering heritage.
Other Association (See Comments): H.V. McKay, Sunshine Harvester Works, Sunshine, Victoria, Australia

Plaque states the importance of the McKay smithy in the history of the development of McKay's prototype stripper harvester and subsequently 'Sunshine' harvesters.

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