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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, View of Kodak Factory Site & Market Gardens from River Bank, Abbotsford, Victoria, circa 1940s Image Reg. No: MM 96572

Summary:
Black and white gelatin photograph of the Kodak Australasia factory site in Abbotsford, Victoria, circa 1940s.

In the foreground is the eastern bank of the Yarra River, with a tree at left and a snake on the track. In the background are the buildings of the Kodak factory. At left is the Number 6 Film Coating Building, where photographic film was coated, 'finished' and distributed. At far right are the two chimneys of the Power House. The Power House provided all of the power and refrigeration for the Kodak factory. The taller chimney was the second chimney and was probably built in the 1930s. The original, shorter, chimney was removed by 1955. The tall tower adjacent to the Power House, with a water tank on top, is part of the Paper Coating Building where photographic paper was coated and photographic emulsions were manufactured. The water tank visible contained distilled water which was used in manufacturing. Market gardens are evident in the foreground, separated from the factory by a timber fence.

The market gardens were a Kodak initiative, grown on Kodak land, and were made available for employees during World War II to grow vegetables. This helped sustain the employees as food was in short supply during this time.

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 medium weight paper, portrait format with a white border.
Description Of Content:
Photograph of a factory site with market gardens. In the foreground is the bank of a river, with a tree at left and a snake on the track. In the background are the buildings of a factory, including multi-storey buildings, chimneys and water tank towers. A market garden is in the midground, separated by a timber fence.
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: 101 mm (Height), 74 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: chimneys, factories, manufacturing plants, market gardens, rivers, snakes, water tanks, 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, Kodak Wartime Comforts Fund
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Photographic Products
Tertiary Classification: factory exterior views
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, circa 1940s

Former Kodak executives Wood & John Mitcham have dated this photograph to between 1940 and 1955, because the second chimney, thought to have been built in the 1940s, is visible, and the original chimney, which was removed by 1955, is not visible.
Organisation Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, circa 1940s

Former Kodak executives Wood & John Mitcham have dated this photograph to between 1940 and 1955, because the second chimney, thought to have been built in the 1940s, is visible, and the original chimney, which was removed by 1955, is not visible.

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