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H.V. McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd, Agricultural Equipment Manufacturers & Importers, Sunshine, Victoria
Image: "H.V.MCKAY MASSEY HARRIS SUNSHINE" ; "SUNBIRD" ; "MADE IN AUSTRALIA SUNNIE"
Source: Museum Victoria
The Australian operations of this company were originally founded by Hugh V. McKay in the 1890s. In 1906, H.V. McKay moved his manufacturing operations from Ballarat to Braybrook Junction (later Sunshine) on the western outskirts of Melbourne. In 1921 the company became H.V. McKay Pty Ltd.
In 1930 it merged with the Australian operations of the Canadian agricultural implement and tractor manufacturer Massey Harris, to become H.V. McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd. In 1955, this company was in turn absorbed into the Massey-Ferguson global entity becoming Massey Ferguson (Aust.) Limited. In 1992, MF (Aust.) Ltd merged with the Australian distributor of the Japanese tractor manufacturer Iseki to become Massey Ferguson Iseki Australia Limited, which in turn become AGCO Australia Ltd in 1994.
H.V. McKay Sunshine Collection
Sunshine Stripper Harvester
Origin of the 'Sunshine' Brandname
The Sunshine Harvester Works, Sunshine, Victoria, Australia
Hugh V. McKay, Agricultural Implement & Machinery Manufacturer, Ballarat & Sunshine, Victoria
Massey-Ferguson (Aust.) Ltd, Agricultural & Construction Equipment Manufacturers & Importers, Sunshine, Victoria
1. F.J. Kendall, H.V. McKay : Pioneer Industrialist, Council of the Science Museum of Victoria, [1976?]
2. John Lack, 'McKay, Hugh Victor (1865 - 1926)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol.10, Melbourne University Press, 1986, pp 291-294.
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Details the benefit if the Sunshine chaffcutter. The availability of shields and cover is heavily featured, emphasising the dangerous nature of much agricultural work. The machine was ...Images: 2
Booklet containing a list of duplicate parts for the Sunglint Single Furrow Mouldboard Plough. The cover references the Sunshine Harvester Works and lists the Australian Branches and Di ...Images: 2
Illustrated booklet, titled "The Sunshine Header Harvester". Front cover illustrated with coloured drawing of the Header Harvester. 32 pages, photographs and line drawings. Inside fron ...Images: 5
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Front cover shows a coloured line drawing of a Sunshine petrol engine. Catalogue features a range of photographs demonstrating the range of uses in the field, including a photograph of ...Images: 0
The catalogue contains descriptions and images of various farming machinery for tillage (ie cultivators, ploughs and tooth harrows), seeding and fertilising, harvesting, dairying, pastu ...Images: 1
Product catalogue, 'Sunshine Farm Implements', 1915-1920. Front page of the object depicts a romantic Australian landscape, including green fields. The document is 36 pages, printed in ...Images: 1
Marketing brochure for the British-made Albion binders and mowers. The first page includes details that H.V. McKay were the 'sole agent for Australia and Tasmania' as well as informatio ...Images: 2
'H.V. McKay, Sunshine Harvester Works, Sunshine/The Largest and Best-Equipped Agricultural Implement Works in Australasia'. 32 pages, illustrated with line drawings and photographs of ...Images: 2
Pocket size booklet presenting a summary guide of the complete product range manufactured, imported and dsitributed by H.V. McKay's Sunshine Harvester Works and the firm's various inte ...Images: 2
The aptly named "Sunshine in the Orchard" booklet features a colour drawing of a sunny day in the orchard with wispy clouds and blossoms and a farmer driving a horse drawn orchard ploug ...Images: 2