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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Exterior View of Kodak Factory, Abbotsford, Victoria, circa 1920s Image Reg. No: MM 96551

Summary:
Black and white, silver gelatin, sepia toned photograph of the exterior of the Kodak Australasia factory in Abbotsford, Victoria, circa 1920s.

The buildings in this view of the factory highlight the photographic manufacturing that occurred on this site. The chimney is part of the Power House building and this provided all of the power and refrigeration for the Kodak factory. The Paper Coating Building was where photographic paper was coated and photographic emulsions were manufactured. The tank visible on the top of the tower of this building contained distilled water which was used in manufacturing. The Glass Plate Building was where glass plates were made.

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.
Description:
Back and white, silver gelatin, sepia toned photograph, printed on medium weight paper, landscape format with a white border.
Description Of Content:
This photograph features a factory at the centre of the image, framed by trees. The image consists of a tall chimney, a tower with a tank on top and multi-storey buildings. In the background there is a view of suburban Melbourne.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Acknowledgement:
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 164 mm (Height), 210 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: chimneys, factories, manufacturing plants, trees, photography
Themes this item is part of: Kodak Heritage Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Baker & Rouse, Baker & Rouse
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Photographic Products
Tertiary Classification: factory exterior views
Inscriptions: Reverse, handwritten in blue ink: 'ABBOTSFORD'
Format: Photograph: Sepia
Place & Date Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920s

Former Kodak executives John Mitcham and Ed Wood assisted with dating this photograph. The second chimney, which was thought to have been constructed in the 1930s, is not yet in existence. The original chimney, which was removed by 1955, is still intact.
Organisation Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920s

Former Kodak executives John Mitcham and Ed Wood assisted with dating this photograph. The second chimney, which was thought to have been constructed in the 1930s, is not yet in existence. The original chimney, which was removed by 1955, is still intact.

Comments

Diane Thompson Posted on 27 May 2013 6:10 PM
My grandfather worked with gangs building the chimney's around Melbourne he had the job of finishing the chimney's at the very top because he was not scared of heights. I wonder if there are any work records of the men who worked on the chimney's

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