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Introduction

 

These images form part of one of the most significant collections of industrial heritage in Australia.

Based on collections held by Museum Victoria, this website offers a rare insight into the history and operations of the agricultural manufacturing enterprise established by HV McKay in the 1880s.

The Sunshine Harvester Works was the largest industrial enterprise in Australia in the 1920s. It had a major impact on the social and economic development of Australia, and was a significant contributor to the mechanisation of agriculture around the world. The company was gradually absorbed by various global corporations (Massey Ferguson, Iseki and Agco), and stopped manufacturing equipment in the 1980s.

This is a story that has captured the imagination of many Australians. The legend fostered by the company is still alive in the images and memories of those who were linked by land, work, city, or machine to this enterprise.

 

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