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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Audience at the Official Opening of the Kodak Factory, Coburg, 1961 Image Reg. No: MM 98443

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

Amongst the seated audience, in the second row, second from the left is Ted Bedgood, a chemist who began his training at Kodak as part of a research group in 1930. In the front row, first from the left, is 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:
Photograph of a seated audience of men and women in a hall. To the rear of the hall is a display of images and text on partition boards, separating distinct areas. There are labels on the wall above each area: 'INDUSTRY', 'COMMERCE', MEDICINE and 'FAMILY LIFE'. In the front row, there are men with cameras and to the far right is a man standing in front of a film camera on a tripod.
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: 168 mm (Height), 216 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: prime ministers, functions, executives, manufacturing plants, 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, stamp, purple ink: 'PHONES 26 1021/XF 1861/Stuart Penberthy/PHOTOGRAPHER/PRESS - PUBLIC RELATIONS/SUITE 6A/476 ST. KILDA RD., MELB'

Back handwritten, blue ink: 'OPENING COBURG/ BLOC 9'

Back, top right corner, handwritten, pencil: '10'
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
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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