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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Kodak Factory Tennis Court & Gardens, Abbotsford, Victoria, circa 1940 Image Reg. No: MM 96559

Summary:
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of the exterior of the Kodak Australasia factory in Abbotsford, Victoria, circa 1940 (before 1948).

The photograph predominantly features the staff tennis court, with the fence running diagonally from the bottom left corner of the image to the right middle ground. To the left, outside the tennis court fence, looking east toward the Yarra River, there is a garden setting with garden beds, trees, lawn, a rubbish bin and garden seats. This garden area was close to the canteen and was where staff took their breaks. The 'Yarra Grange' building is not visible but was to the right of the tennis court. The tall tower in the background with the water tank on top was part of 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.

Yarra Grange was originally the home of Thomas Baker. In 1884 he established the Austral Plate Company on this site, where he made photographic plates.This company was later owned by Thomas Baker and John Rouse in 1894, under the partnership name Baker and Rouse. In the first decade of the 20th century the company and factory site was bought and operated by Kodak. In the late 1950s Kodak moved from Abbotsford to a new factory site at Coburg on the northern outskirts of Melbourne.

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 gelatin photograph printed on heavy weight paper, landscape format with a white border.
Description Of Content:
Photograph of a tennis court, gardens and the exterior of a factory. The image features part of some factory buildings with two tall chimneys to the right in the background. The tennis court fence cuts diagonally from the bottom left hand corner to the right middle ground, with part of the court surface in the foreground. Outside the tennis court fence there is a garden setting with garden beds, trees, lawn, a rubbish bin and garden seats.
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), 199 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: buildings, canteens, chimneys, factories, gardens, manufacturing plants, rubbish bins, tennis courts, trees, photography
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: 'Gardens + tennis court between Yarra Grange + river. / Date unknown but 2nd chimney erected and plate Dept / not erected / to date any closer need (i) construction date of 2nd chimney / (ii) " " " Plate Dept.'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, circa 1940

According to the inscription, this 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 after the second chimney was constructed in about the 1930s. John Mitcham & Ed Wood have suggested that the gardens and tennis courts were built over by 1955.
Organisation Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, circa 1940

According to the inscription, this photograph was taken prior to the Plate Department being built on this site in 1948, but after the second chimney was constructed in about the 1930s. Former Kodak executives John Mitcham & Ed Wood have suggested that the gardens and tennis courts were built over by 1955.

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