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B736 Farm machinery model, 'Sunshine' stripper-harvester, horse-drawn, developed in 1885 by Hugh Victor McKay in Drummartin, Victoria, Australia, it combined stripping the wheat with threshing and winnowing in a single machine, metal/wood, model made by H V McKay - Massey Harris Pty Ltd, Australia,. Click to enlarge.

Model of a stripper harvester

Made by H V McKay Pty Ltd in Sunshine, Victoria, 1930-1938.

This is a model of the 1885 stripper-harvester developed by the famous Australian manufacturer, Hugh Victor McKay, at Drummartin, Victoria, when he was only 17. The stripper-harvester brought a major change to Australian agriculture by combining the action of winnowing and sripping the grain in the one machine. The model shows the ground drive mechanism, the elevator to deliver the grain to the bag and the blower fan for separating the grain from the chaff. Note there is no riddle section.

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Summary

Object No.

B736

Object Statement

Farm machinery model, 'Sunshine' stripper-harvester, horse-drawn, developed in 1885 by Hugh Victor McKay in Drummartin, Victoria, Australia, it combined stripping the wheat with threshing and winnowing in a single machine, metal/wood, model made by H V McKay - Massey Harris Pty Ltd, Australia, 1930-1938

Physical Description

Model of a horsedrawn stripper harvester, 'Sunshine', made of metal with wood reinforcements. The model features spiral knife beaters, a hessian basket for catching the wheat and an automatic gear for raising and lowering the comb. The model is painted red with black stylised decorations and black trimmings over the wheels.

Marks

None

Dimensions

Height

600 mm

Width

630 mm

Production

Notes

This model was made by H V McKay-Massey Harris Pty Ltd of Sunshine, Victoria around 1930-1938.

The stripper-harvester combined the jobs of stripping the wheat with threshing and winnowing in a single machine. It stripped the ears of grain from the standing wheat crop and the grain and chaff passed through a winnowing drum with riddles. The separated grain was elevated by a continuous belt to a storage bin. This machine required three to five horses to pull it. It came in comb widths of 5ft, 6ft, 8ft and 10ft and harvested up to 20 acres per day.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mr H V McKay, 1938

Acquisition Date

19 April 1938

Cite this Object

Harvard

Model of a stripper harvester 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 11 December 2019, <https://ma.as/214713>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/214713 |title=Model of a stripper harvester |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=11 December 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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