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In 1884, Hugh Victor McKay invented a combine-harvester that could harvest, thresh and winnow wheat and, unlike others of that time, he was able to successfully market his machine. From humble beginnings near Bendigo, and later at Ballarat, he developed and expanded the manufacture of a range of farm machinery and products.
In 1904, McKay heard a sermon on‚ Sunshine ‚ the power of Sunshine ‚ the benefits of Sunshine. He was impressed by the sermon and decided to call his machine the Sunshine Harvester.
Hugh Victor McKay CBE, died in 1926, and in his will he provided for the establishment of the H V McKay Charitable Trust. In 1954, his three surviving children set up the Sunshine Foundation by endowing it with a large capital gift which has allowed grants to be made to support or encourage charitable ventures.