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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Steam Boilers in Machinery Hall, Power House Building, Kodak Factory, Coburg, circa 1958 Image Reg. No: MM 97758

Black and white silver gelatin photograph of a row of three packaged oil-fired steam boilers being installed in the Machinery Hall of the Power House Building 11, Kodak Factory, Coburg, circa 1958.

The three packaged oil-fired steam boilers being installed generated steam at 70 Kpa for heating and air conditioning throughout the growing Coburg site. Along with two electric motor driven centrifugal refrigeration compressors (the photograph shows preparations being made for their installation at the far end of the hall), these boilers were the first equipment to be installed in the Machinery Hall for the factory start-up period 1958-60. Following the planned building of the Boiler Hall and the installation of two oil-fired refractory boilers during 1960-61, these temporary boilers were removed from the site.

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 gelatin photograph with a white border on top and right hand side. The photograph has been removed from an album and there are remnants of grey/brown paper adhered to the back.
Description Of Content:
A row of oil-fired steam boilers to the left of the photograph and to the right, pipes from the engines descend into a space under the flooring. Workmen can be seen at far right, at the end of the building, installing equipment and flooring.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 186 mm (Height), 245 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: factories, manufacturing plants, power houses, staff, photography, making history - kodak collection
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Kodak Heritage Collection
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Photographic Products
Tertiary Classification: factory interior views
Inscriptions: Back, stamp, purple ink, middle: 'KODAK ABBOTSFORD [PARTLY OBSCURED] / TESTING DEPARTMENT'

Back, pencil, lower middle: 'Packaged [rest of line is obscured] / Power [rest of line is obscured]'
Format: Photograph: Black & White; See Dimensions
Place & Date Depicted: Coburg, Victoria, Australia, circa 1958

Organisation Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, circa 1958


Doug howden Posted on 30 Sep 2010 2:22 PM
This may not be at Abbottsford, although I never saw that factory in operation.
I believe this is possibly the Coburg powerhouse under construction with 3 temporary boilers and as yet no refrigeration in the engine hall
Discovery Centre Posted on 02 Oct 2010 10:58 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Thanks, Doug - we've passed your idea on to the curator.

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