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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Kodak Factory & Gardens, Abbotsford, Victoria, circa 1930s Image Reg. No: MM 96558

Summary:
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of the exterior of the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Victoria, circa 1930s (before 1948).

The foreground of this photograph shows the staff gardens, featuring garden beds, trees, lawn and garden seats. This area was close to the canteen, the low fibro and timber building at the right, where staff took their breaks. To the left of the photograph, part of the maintenance workshops are visible. This was where the electricians worked. To the right the Power House chimney is visible. This was the second chimney and was probably built in the 1930s. The Power House provided all of the power and refrigeration for the Kodak factory. Further to the right is the Paper Coating Building 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.

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:
Black and white silver gelatin photograph, printed on heavy weight paper, landscape format with a white border.
Description Of Content:
Photograph of the exterior of a factory. The photograph features factory buildings with two tall chimneys in the background, and a garden setting with garden beds, trees, lawn and garden seats in the foreground.
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: 163 mm (Height), 210 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: buildings, canteens, chimneys, factories, gardens, manufacturing plants, trees, photography, making history - kodak collection
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Kodak Heritage Collection, Baker & Rouse, Baker & Rouse
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Photographic Products
Tertiary Classification: factory exterior views
Inscriptions: Back, handwritten, pencil: 'Date unknown - 2nd Chimney erected / - No Plate Dept / No tanks beside Canteen (fibro cement / panelled and weatherboard building in right hand middle / ground. / Fibro cement / weather board building on L.H. side was part / of maintenance shops (electricians)'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, 1930-1948

According to the inscription, the photograph was taken prior to the Plate Department being built on this site in 1948, (although former Kodak executives Ed Woods and John Mitchan thought this building was constructed earlier than 1948) but was after the second chimney was constructed, and there are no tanks next to the canteen. Curatorial research and donor information suggests that the second chimney was probably built in the 1930s.
Organisation Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, 1930-1948

According to the inscription, the photograph was taken prior to the Plate Department being built on this site in 1948, but was after the second chimney was constructed, and there are no tanks next to the canteen. Curatorial research and donor information suggests that the second chimney was probably built in the 1930s.

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