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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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Site plan drawn in black ink for HV McKay Massey Harris Pty. Ltd. showing a subdivision of Robert's Quarry, dated 4-7-51.Images: 1
McKay plan showing measurements of external and internal boundry lines of Hampshire House, and houses either side, facing onto Hampshire Road, and Devonshire Road. Owned by H.V.McKay Ma ...Images: 1
Letter, with envelope, from H.V. McKay to Andrew Fisher, Prime Minister of Australia concerning the Agricultural Implement Makers Union strike in January 1911. This was the first union ...Images: 4
Envelope from Cecil McKay probably dated January 1928. It was originally secured by drawing pins to the top of the crate which houses two plaster moulds of relief profiles of H.V. McKay ...Images: 8
Booklet titled 'A Self-Contained Australia' written by Hugh V. McKay C.B.E., reprinted from 'Australian Business', dated 1921. The booklet discusses how prepared Australia needs to be ...Images: 1
Handwritten letter from H. V. McKay from London to his son Cecil Newton, dated 12th June 1919. H. V. McKay congratulates Cecil for his win in the boat race against Xavier, dispenses ...Images: 3
Circular letter and schedule from F. W. Pitt, Compiling Editor for 'The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire', to Hugh Victor McKay Esq. C.B.E. of Sunshine, Victoria, dated 16 Jan ...Images: 3
Three handwritten and typewritten statements made by Hugh Victor McKay outlining reasons why employers should vote 'NO' to conscription. The statements appear to be tongue-in-cheek as M ...Images: 1
Typewritten letter to H. V. McKay Pty. Ltd. from Robert Anderson of Pine Grove, via Moama, NSW, dated 1 August 1928. An original photograph of this letter confirms the date as 1 August ...Images: 1
Invitation card addressed to Mr. R. Barnett from the Directors of H.V. McKay Pty. Ltd., to attend the unveiling of a memorial tablet for the farm Smithy at the Sunshine Harvester Works ...Images: 1