16 Jun About the photo – “Sunshine 508”
~ The story behind the photo ~
This Massey Ferguson Sunshine 508 grain header sits rusting away in the early morning light.
I don’t see many of these any more.
The Sunshine Harvester Works were established in Ballarat by Hugh Victor McKay in the early 1890s. In 1906, McKay moved his manufacturing operations from Ballarat to Braybrook Junction (now know as Sunshine) on the western outskirts of Melbourne. The new site gave room for a rapidly expanding manufacturing business and a base which was closer to export markets in South America. It was next to a major railway junction giving easy access to Victorian farming districts and the Port of Melbourne. Another advantage was that at that time, it was beyond the jurisdiction of the Wages Board.
In 1930 it merged with Massey Harris’s Australian operations 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.