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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Prime Minister Robert Menzies Unveiling a Dedication Plaque at the Official Opening of the Kodak Factory, Coburg, 1961 Reg. No: MM 98454
- Black and white, silver gelatin photograph of the official opening of the Kodak factory complex at Coburg, 14 April 1961.
Prime Minister Robert Menzies is pulling the cord to reveal a plaque dedicated to the opening of the Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd factory in Coburg. Seated directly behind him is former Chief Managing Director and Chairman of Kodak, Edgar Rouse.
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.
- Black and white, silver gelatin photograph, printed on medium weight paper with a white border, landscape format.
- Description Of Content:
- The photograph consists of Prime Minister Robert Menzies pulling a chord to unveil a dedication plaque. There is a man seated directly behind him but is obscured from view. There is a natural flora arrangement beneath the plaque.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
- Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
|Dimensions:||168 mm (Height), 216 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||prime ministers, functions, executives, manufacturing plants, buildings, photography, kodak 1961, 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: 'April 14, 1961/Official opening Coburg Complex/R.G. Menzies Prime Minister unveils plaque'
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 pen: 'V2400'
|People Depicted:||MENZIES, ROBERT GORDON; Rouse, Edgar (behind Menzies)|
|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|
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