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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Yarra Grange Cottage Back Entrance & Powder & Solution Department, Abbotsford, Victoria, 1948 Image Reg. No: MM 96581

Black and white silver gelatin photograph of the Kodak Australasia factory in Abbotsford, Victoria, 1948.

This photograph shows the back entrance of Yarra Grange cottage, also known as 'the Cottage' or 'the old Cottage'. A tree is situated in the foreground, obscuring a clear view of the building.

Yarra Grange was the original home of Thomas Baker, founder of the Austral Plate Company which was the precursor of Kodak Australasia. The building to the left of the cottage is part of the Powder and Solution Department. This was the forerunner of the Photochemical Department at the Coburg factory site, located in Building 16 in the late 1960s. The Powder and Solution Department was managed by Pearl Clearer. She later moved to another Kodak manufacturing site located at the old Barnes Honey factory at Burnley, which was managed by Len Wells.

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.
Black and white silver gelatin photograph, printed on medium weight paper, portrait format with a white border.
Description Of Content:
The photograph shows the back entrance of a cottage and the adjacent building. There is a tree in the foreground near the path to the cottage, dominating the image.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 200 mm (Height), 159 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: buildings, factories, footpaths, manufacturing plants, photochemicals, 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, Baker & Rouse, Baker & Rouse Collection, Abbotsford Workshops, Kodak Australasia
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Photographic Products
Tertiary Classification: factory exterior views
Inscriptions: Back, top left corner, handwritten, black ink: 'Old Cottage Entrance / Abbotsford. - 1948'

Back, centre, handwritten, pencil: 'Back entrance (s-side) / building to the left is part of the Powder + / Solution Dept. - the forerunner of Photochemicals / 'foreladied' / Powder + Solution was - ^ [ie 'foreladied'] by Pearl Clearer / in 1948 - and later moved to the / old Barnes honey factory at Burnley / under Len Wells. / Moved to Coburg in late 60's as Bld 16'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, 1948
Organisation Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, 1948
Organisation Named: Mr Thomas Baker - Austral Plate Company

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