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Harry's Cafe de Wheels, 1945-85

This is a converted box-style caravan used for 40 years by Harry's Cafe de Wheels to sell pies, crumbed sausages and other food in Sydney. The roof of the caravan is slightly arched, and there is colourful advertising signage covering the front. The text reads: 'HARRY'S CAFE DE-WHEELS / WE SELL & RECOMMEND .... BIRD'S Quality ...

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Medal from Cole's Book Arcade, c1885

This is a gilt bronze medal from Cole's Book Arcade in Melbourne. On the obverse is a tree fern and the words: 'THE / GOVERNMENT / OF / RIGHT / THE / RELIGION / OF / GOODNESS / THE / ENGLISH / LANGUAGE / IMPROVED / BY THE / BEST WORDS / OF ALL OTHER / LANGUAGES'. On the reverse is another inscription around a rainbow: 'UNITED ...

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Melbourne International Exhibition gold prize medal, 1880

This is a gold medal from the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. On the obverse is the head of Queen Victoria, with the words 'MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX' around the edge. On the reverse is a quote from Virgil's 'Aeneid' in Latin: "VITAM EXCOLUERE PER ARTES" (life improved through arts) surrounded ...

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ANZ Tower at Collins Place under construction, 1974

This is a black-and-white image depicting an elevated view of the building site of ANZ Bank headquarters. ANZ Tower was built as part of the Collins Place development on the corner of Collins and Exhibition streets in Melbourne city. Also visible in the background are Nauru House (under construction) and the Southern Cross ...

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Melbourne city at night during the Olympic Games, 1956

This is a black-and-white image from the original negative depicting a night-time view of the intersection of Flinders and Swanston streets in Melbourne. Shown here are the Young and Jackson Hotel and a number of shops and offices. Various illuminated advertising signs are visible including 'TUCKER BOX', 'THE ARGUS', and ...

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Cromwell, Chandris Line office building, Melbourne, 1971

This is a 1971 photograph depicting the newly erected Cromwell, Chandris Line office building on the corner of Bourke and Elizabeth streets. Other buildings are visible, including the State Savings Bank of Victoria head office (at left) and Coles and Garrard. Trams, cars, billboards, street signage and pedestrians are all ...

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Southern Cross Hotel, Melbourne, 1969

This is a black-and-white image from the original negative looking south-west across the Melbourne skyline. The long building in the centre is the Southern Cross Hotel. Moving to its left, the tall buildings are the Gas and Fuel building and the CRA Building. In the centre background is Park Towers, a high-rise public housing ...

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State Savings Bank of Victoria on Swanston Street in Melbourne, 1953

This is a black-and-white photograph from the original negative depicting an exterior view of the State Savings Bank of Victoria building at 55 Swanston Street (on the corner of Flinders Lane), Melbourne, in 1953. To the right is the Nicholas Building. The bank building, now demolished, is six storeys high with a tower ...

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Plan of the Sunshine Harvester Works, 1920

This is a plan of the Sunshine Harvestor Works at Sunshine in Melbourne, Victoria. Dated 1920, the plan depicts a creek running through the property, surrounding roads, and five railway lines running into the site. Factory departments, including a tool shop, foundry, engine works and carpenter's department, are highlighted ...

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Plan of the Sunshine Harvester Works, 1911

This is a plan showing the Sunshine Harvester Works at Sunshine in Melbourne, Victoria. Dated 1911, the plan depicts a creek running through the property, surrounding roads, and five railway lines running into the site. Factory departments, including a wood mill, blacksmith's department, comb makers, paint department and ...

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Plan of the Sunshine Harvester Works, 1906

This is a plan showing the Sunshine Harvester Works at Sunshine in Melbourne, Victoria. Dated 1906, the plan depicts a creek running through the property, all surrounding roads, and two railway lines running into the site. Factory departments are highlighted in blue or pink. The plan has been drawn by hand in black ink ...

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Timber hut at Hugh McKay's family farm, 1928

This is a black-and-white photograph of the blacksmith's hut in which Hugh McKay, owner of the Sunshine Harvester Works, created his first stripper harvester. The timber hut is seen in 1928 in its original location in Drummartin in rural Victoria, prior to its relocation to the Sunshine Harvester factory in Melbourne's ...

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Aerial view of the Sunshine Harvester Works, 1929

This is a black-and-white aerial photograph of the Sunshine Harvester Works, located at Sunshine in Melbourne's west, in 1929. It shows a railway line, a large factory area, and office buildings on the far right. At the lower left-hand corner, an image showing the slab hut where owner Hugh McKay built his first stripper ...

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Aerial view of the Sunshine Harvester Works, 1928

This is a black-and-white aerial photograph of the Sunshine Harvester Works, located at Sunshine in Melbourne's west, in 1928. At centre right is Hampshire Road, with the factory area visible to the left of it, and offices to the right. Hampshire Road is bisected by Devonshire Road, which runs diagonally from the top left ...

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Pipe band welcoming the governor-general and his wife to the Sunshine Harvester Works, 1914

This is a black-and-white photograph depicting a visit by the then governor-general, Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson, and his wife, Lady Helen Munro Ferguson, to the Sunshine Harvester Works in Melbourne's west on 7 July 1914. Sir Ronald is seated on a steel-framed harvester at centre left, next to the owner of the factory, Hugh ...

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Photographic portrait of Hugh Victor McKay, 1912

This is a black-and-white close-up photographic portrait of industrialist and inventor Hugh Victor McKay, taken in 1912. McKay faces the camera and is dressed formally in a three-piece suit, shirt and tie. He also wears a watch chain.

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Photographic portrait of Hugh Victor McKay, 1924

This is a black-and-white photograph of inventor and industrialist Hugh Victor McKay, taken in 1924, two years before his death. He is dressed formally in a three-piece suit, shirt and tie, and also wears a watch chain. He is staring at the camera and holding what appears to be a sheaf of papers.

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Letter from prime minister Andrew Fisher to Hugh Victor McKay, 1911

This is a letter from Andrew Fisher, then prime minister of Australia, to Hugh Victor McKay, owner of the Sunshine Harvester Works, dated 24 February 1911. The letter concerns the 1911 strike at the Works over compulsory trade unionism. Fisher writes: 'I should like to meet you in reference to the harvester industrial dispute. ...

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Handwritten poem by Nathaniel McKay, 'The burial of the hatchet', 1911

This is a handwritten poem by Nathaniel McKay, the older brother of Hugh Victor McKay, which probably refers to the end of a strike that took place at Hugh McKay's Sunshine Harvester Works in Melbourne in 1911. The poem celebrates the end of the strike by describing a mock burial of the hatchet, and concludes with the words ...

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Sunshine Model 'A' tractor, c1918

This is a working model of a Sunshine Model 'A' tractor, manufactured by the H V McKay company in Sunshine, Victoria, in about 1918. Patented in 1916, the Model 'A' tractor was designed for use as the propulsion unit for a self-propelled stripper harvester, or as a stand-alone tractor. It is powered by a four-cylinder, ...