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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Official Opening of the Kodak Factory, Coburg, 1961 Image Reg. No: MM 98439

Summary:
Black and white, silver gelatin photograph of the official opening of the Kodak factory complex at Coburg, 14 April 1961.

On a stage with a lectern and covered plaque, seated from left to right: second from the left, Kodak Australasia Company Secretary, Joe Page; Prime Minister Robert Menzies; Chief Managing Director and Chairman of Kodak Australasia, Henry F. Foote; Dr. A Chapman, President of Eastman Kodak Company; former Chief Managing Director and Chairman of Kodak, Edgar Rouse; Elvin Teasdale, product development; fifth from the end, Fred Manning, manager of various Kodak branches since 1937; second from the end, Malcolm Bradly, engineer and last, General Manager of Manufacturing, Stuart Sanderson.

In the audience, first row and second from right facing away from the camera, Colin Williams.

Construction of the Kodak factory complex in Coburg began in 1957 on 23 hectares of former farmland. Since 1908, Kodak had been operating from the factory in Abbotsford and had gradually outgrown the premises. The Abbotsford factory remained operational while the Coburg plant was being built until it closed in1966. Architect Harry Norris of H A & F L Norris & Associates, created the design for the new factory and individual buildings for the manufacture of silver halide photographic products. The building contract was awarded to Lewis Constructions Pty Ltd. The still uncompleted complex was officially opened on 14 April 1961 by the Prime Minister, Robert G. Menzies with Dr. A Chapman, President of Eastman Kodak Company, in attendance. The complex was the national headquarters of Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd.

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 with a white border, landscape format.
Description Of Content:
A group of thirteen men are seated on a stage in a function room with a podium and covered plaque. There are floral arrangements on stage and in the foreground, four men are seated in the audience facing away from the camera.
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: 205 mm (Height), 253 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: prime ministers, functions, executives, manufacturing plants, factories, buildings, photography, making history - kodak collection
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Kodak Heritage Collection, Construction of the Kodak Factory at Coburg, Baker & Rouse
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Photographic Products
Tertiary Classification: opening events
Inscriptions: Back, handwritten, pencil: '11'
People Depicted: MENZIES, ROBERT GORDON; Page, Joe; Foote, Henry; Chapman, Dr A; Rouse, Edgar; Teasdale, Elvin; Manning, Fred; Bradly, Malcolm; Williams, Colin; Sanderson, Stuart
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 14 Apr 1961
Organisation Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 14 Apr 1961
Photographer: Stuart Penberthy Pty.Ltd. Photographers, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 14 Apr 1961
Person Depicted: Prime Minister Robert Menzies, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 14 Apr 1961
Person Depicted: Mr Joe Page - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 14 Apr 1961
Person Depicted: Mr Henry Foote - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 14 Apr 1961
Person Depicted: Dr Alan Chapman - Eastman Kodak, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 14 Apr 1961
Person Depicted: Mr Edgar Rouse - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 14 Apr 1961
Person Depicted: Mr Elvin Teasdale - Kodak Australasia, Pty Ltd Product Development, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 14 Apr 1961
Person Depicted: Mr Malcolm Bradly - Kodak Australasia, Pty Ltd, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 14 Apr 1961
Person Depicted: Mr Stuart Sanderson - Kodak Australasia, Pty Ltd, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 14 Apr 1961
References: Beale, N, The History of Kodak in Australia, Coburg, no date.
http://vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au/places/heritage/71669
?A Brief Process Based Site History, Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Coburg Plant? Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2007
Pamphlet, "Milestones in the History of Kodak (Australasia) Pty. Ltd", Kodak (Australasia) Pty. Ltd., 1985
Leggio, Angeletta "A History of Australia's Kodak Manufacturing Plant", Topics in Photographic Preservation, Volume Twelve, 2007

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