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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Yarra River in Flood, Abbotsford, Victoria, Dec 1934 Image Reg. No: MM 96585

Black and white silver gelatin photograph of the Kodak Australasia factory in Abbotsford, Victoria, December 1934.

This photograph shows the Yarra River in flood. The Yarra River was prone to flooding, and despite major works designed to manage water flow in the 1920s, the river still experienced a major flood in late November 1934. Such floods caused damage to the Kodak factory and potentially washed away into the river some of the materials and chemicals that were used in the manufacturing process.

From left, the Kodak Powerhouse with its chimney can be seen. The Powerhouse provided all of the power and refrigeration for the factory. Adjacent to this 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. To the right is the multi-storey brick No. 6 Film Coating Building, where film products were made and 'finished', and then distributed.

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, landscape format with a border.
Description Of Content:
The photograph was taken from the bank of the river and looks across trees submerged in the water to the factory in the background. A range of single and multi-storey buildings can be seen, some with chimneys, towers and water tanks. A tree is on the river bank in the far left foreground of the photograph.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 191 mm (Height), 276 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: buildings, factories, floods, manufacturing plants, rivers, 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, Abbotsford Workshops, Kodak Australasia
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Photographic Products
Tertiary Classification: factory exterior views
Inscriptions: Back, handwritten, pencil: 'About 1931 / Taken looking South'

Back, handwritten, pencil: 'Dec '34'

Back, handwritten, blue ink: '1934'"
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, Dec 1934
Organisation Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, Dec 1934
References: http://www.yarrariver.info/history.htm - accessed 16/12/2008
http://www.bom.gov.au/lam/climate/levelthree/c20thc/flood4.htm - accessed 16/12/2008

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