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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Prime Minister Robert Menzies Viewing a Kodak Product Display at the Official Opening of the Kodak Factory, Coburg, 1961 Image Reg. No: MM 98458

Summary:
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 standing, first on the left, at a display of Kodak products including photographic images, X-rays, rolls of film, boxes of paper, reels and canisters. Standing next to Menzies, second from the left is Stuart Sanderson and third is Kodak Australasia Company Secretary, [Joe] Ernest Page.

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 light weight paper with a white border, landscape format.
Description Of Content:
Prime Minister Robert Menzies is standing with two other men at a display of photographic products. On a wall is displayed X-rays and photographic images. On a tiered display table are boxes of photographic paper, light globes, cannisters of film and various sized reels.
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: 162 mm (Height), 213 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: prime ministers, functions, executives, manufacturing plants, buildings, factories, photographic equipment, photographic film, photographic papers, x-ray images, 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
People Depicted: (left to right):; Menzies, Hon Robert Gordon; Sanderson, Stuart; Page, Mr. Ernest
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 Stuart Sanderson - Kodak Australasia, Pty Ltd, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 14 Apr 1961
Person Depicted: Mr Joe Page - 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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