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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Staff Canteen, Amenities Building 9, Kodak Factory, Coburg, circa 1963 Image Reg. No: MM 95954

Colour photograph of the north-west corner of the canteen on the ground floor of Building 9, Amenities, at the Kodak factory complex, Coburg, circa 1963.

Staff can be seen seated at tables at their meal break with a small convenience shop to the left and the main meal service counter in the centre background. A stage can be seen to the right in the background.

Building 9 housed a range of staff amenities for the entire Coburg factory complex. This steel framed and brick building was completed before 1959 to service the rapidly rising staff numbers that were moving from the old Abbotsford site. On the ground floor of Building 9, there was the Canteen Services Centre which provided a range of food from complete hot meals to sandwiches. The centre served food at regular lunch and dinner times in the canteen and provided meals to the factory for shift workers. It also provided for special occasions and visitor events. As well as the Centre, this floor had a large open space room with parquetry dance floor and small stage. It was normally set up with chairs and tables as the Canteen, a senior staff dining room, a visitors dining room, a small convenience shop and washroom facilities. The entire east wall was plate glass with retractable curtains and doors which gave a bright and pleasant environment for social gathering. On the basement level, there was an employees' shop of company products at discounted prices, a small cinema room, a branch of the NAB, Camera Club rooms, washroom facilities, and later a credit union office. This floor also had a large open space with vinyl tiles on concrete and the east wall had plate glass doors and windows.

Kodak manufactured and distributed a wide range of photographic products to Australasia, such as film, paper, chemicals, cameras and miscellaneous equipment. Its client base included amateur and professional photographers, as well as specialist medical and graphic art professionals who used photography, x-ray and other imaging techniques.

This photograph is part of the Kodak collection of products, promotional materials, photographs and working life artefacts collected from Kodak Australasia in 2005, when the Melbourne manufacturing plant at Coburg closed down.
Colour photograph printed on medium weight Kodak paper, landscape format.
Description Of Content:
Photograph of canteen area where men and women are seated at tables at their meal break. To the left in the foreground is a small shop and next to this is a meal service counter in the centre background. A stage can be seen to the right in the background.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 193 mm (Height), 241 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: factories, photography, meals, staff, manufacturing plants, canteens, service counters, making history - kodak collection
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Kodak Heritage Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Construction of the Kodak Factory at Coburg
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Photographic Products
Tertiary Classification: factory interior views
Inscriptions: Card insert, typed, black ink: 'COBURG PLANT/ AMENITIES BUILDING - NO.9/ CANTEEN SERVICES'

Back, stamp, black ink: 'RITTER-JEPPESEN PTY. LTD/ 107-111 LONSDALE ST MELBOURNE/ PHONE 32-2824/ REF NO./ TAKE'

Back, handwritten, black ink: 'C4355.F.'
Format: Photograph: Colour; 8 in. x 10 in.
Place & Date Depicted: Coburg, Victoria, Australia, circa 1963
Organisation Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, coburg, Victoria, Australia, circa 1963
Photographer: Ritter-Jeppesen Pty. Ltd., Coburg, Victoria, Australia, circa 1963
References: Beale, N, The History of Kodak in Australia, Coburg, no date.
?A Brief Process Based Site History, Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Coburg Plant? Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2007
Pamphlet, "Milestones in the History of Kodak (Australasia) Pty. Ltd", Kodak (Australasia) Pty. Ltd., 1985
Leggio, Angeletta "A History of Australia's Kodak Manufacturing Plant", Topics in Photographic Preservation, Volume Twelve, 2007

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