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HV McKay | McKay Legacies


Link to full record and imageHugh Victor McKay was born 21 August 1865, and grew up on a farm in Drummartin near Elmore, Victoria.

Driven by frustration with the slow and laborious nature of farm work, and fueled by a persistent and inventive mind, McKay searched for a better and more efficient way of harvesting wheat. At the age of 18 he developed the Sunshine stripper harvester, a machine which revolutionized farming.

Described as a "self-made man with a strong and independent character", McKay was lauded for his vision, energy and business success. His influence was also felt in industrial, economic and political areas, social welfare, local development, and overseas trade.


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