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1  McKay's Dream Machine

You are looking at a machine that revolutionised Australian agriculture. The stripper harvester, designed by Hugh Victor McKay in 1884-85, was not only able to strip wheat, it was also able to separate the grain from the chaff.

McKay designed the stripper harvester because he hated the laborious process of winnowing (separating grain from chaff). It was McKay's desire to make farm work easier that led to the development of the Sunshine Harvester machine.

In 1906 he started moving the Ballarat-based Sunshine Harvester Works to Braybrook Junction which became known as Sunshine. The factory manufactured agricultural implements and machinery until the 1980s. In 1992 the factory was demolished to make way for redevelopment.

McKay Smithy & Harvester in the Field
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