Sunshine Foundation (Agriculture)

Category Agriculture Industry General Farming
Eligibility Available to applicants enrolled or intending to enrol in Year 1 of the Agriculture Program.
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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.

H V McKay was a charitable man who believed that his good fortune should be shared widely. The present day Sunshine Gardens, Sunshine Presbyterian Church – McKay Memorial, Sunshine Technical College and Sunshine Bowls Club are on land donated by McKay. Hugh Victor McKay CBE, died in 1926, and in his will he provided for the establishment of the H V McKay Charitable Trust which still continues to operate.

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. The current Trustees are all descendants of H V McKay. With careful management, the corpus has grown and the amount distributed annually continues to increase. The Sunshine Foundation was named in honour of the great Sunshine Harvester machines that bought McKay his fame.

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Application Close Date 22/08/2017 Interviews Held 20/09/2017
Scholarship Question(s) Given the recent Australian – Indonesian cattle export debacle, how do you envisage Northern Australian cattle producers will survive?
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