Historical information

This book/magazine is a record of the company's tasks in WW11. It acknowledges the "debt owed to the armed forces involvement and role in defeating the enemy".
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. Throughout World War II H.V. McKay Massey Harris exported over 20,000 Sunshine drills, disc harrows and binders to England to facilitate the increase in food production. (ref Museum Victoria, Wickipedia)


Inside this magazine is a photograph of a sprocket similar to that made by Orbost Motor Works during WW11. (Registration No 2001)

Physical description

A large stapled cardboard covered magazine with a tan coloured cover. On the front cover in dark brown print at the bottom is a rising sun with "H. V. McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd Australia" underneath it. At the top in large font is 1939 1945. It contains coloured photographs and text.