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Negative - H.V McKay Massey Harris, Joe Parle, Sunshine, Victoria, 1947 Image Reg. No: MM 49620

Negative of Joe Parle, an employee at H.V McKay Massey Harris. Parle is holding a commemorative plate which he received for his involvement in establishing the Footscray and District Hospital. He was presented with the award during a ceremonial event held during the recommencement of the hospital's construction in August 1947. Parle was the Vice-President of the hospital committee. Parle's involvement with the hospital began during a public meeting in 1919 when he moved to establish the institution. Together with other employees, Joe organised a subscription drive to accumulate funding. This money was then used to purchase land for a hospital in Eleanor Street, Footscray for £2,000. In 1938, an Out-patients and Welfare Centre was built on the six acre site. The outbreak of war halted further construction but recommenced in 1947.

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.
Black and white negative.
Description Of Content:
Man holding a plate in his left hand. He is wearing a coat, jacket, shirt and tie. He is seated in front of a roller door.
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: hospitals, factory workers, awards, presentations, trophies
Themes this item is part of: H.V. McKay Sunshine Collection, Hugh V. McKay, Agricultural Implement & Machinery Manufacturer, Ballarat & Sunshine, Victoria, H.V. McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd, Agricultural Equipment Manufacturers & Importers, Sunshine, Victoria, Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Agricultural & Horticultural Equipment
Tertiary Classification: workers' portraits
People Depicted: PARLE, JOE
Format: Negative: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: H.V. McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd, Dec 1947
Place & Date of Event: Footscray & District Hospital, Footscray, Victoria, Australia, Dec 1947

Place and date when the commerative plate was presented to Joe Parle.
Commissioned By: H.V. McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd
References: Sunshine Review 1947, '28 Years of Community Service', Vol. 4, No. 10, pp. 3

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