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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Yarra River in Flood, Abbotsford, Victoria, 1934 Image Reg. No: MM 98581

Summary:
Black and white silver gelatin sepia toned photograph of the Kodak Australasia factory in Abbotsford, Victoria, 1934.

This photograph shows the Yarra River in flood in about 1934. Taken from the eastern bank of the river, the photograph looks across the flooded river to the Kodak factory. To the left, the Kodak Powerhouse with its chimney can be seen. The Powerhouse provided all of the power and refrigeration for the factory. Adjacent to this is the Paper Coating Building, where photographic paper was coated and photographic emulsions were manufactured. The tank visible on the top of the tower of this building contained distilled water which was used in manufacturing. Visible to the right, next to the building submerged in the foreground, is a tank full of water. This tank was used for silver recovery, and usually contained a slurry of silver nitrate.

The Yarra River was prone to flooding, and despite major works designed to manage water flow in the 1920s, the river still experienced a major flood in November 1934. Such floods caused damage to the Kodak factory and potentially washed away into the river some of the materials and chemicals that were used in the manufacturing process.

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, sepia toned, silver gelatin photograph, printed on light weight paper, landscape format with a white border.
Description Of Content:
The photograph shows a flooded landscape with factory buildings and trees, partially submerged. In the foreground of the image is the river, mid-ground is a group of buildings. Two chimneys are prominent in the centre of the grouping and a tower with a water tank on top is to the right. A multi-storey building is to the rear. To the right in the foreground of the buildings is a submerged tank.
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: 79 mm (Height), 107 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: flood damage, flooding, factories, rivers, trees, chimneys, photography, water tanks, water storage, making history - kodak collection
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Kodak Heritage Collection, Baker & Rouse, Baker & Rouse
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Photographic Products
Tertiary Classification: factory exterior views
Inscriptions: Back, stamp, blue ink: 'X780' and handwritten, pencil: '79' [the '80' is crossed out]
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, 1934

In the context of photographs of the same subject in the collection [MM 96584 - MM 96597], the date from inscriptions [MM 96584] and research relating to flooding of the Yarra River, provides the most likely date of 1934.
Organisation Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, 1934

In the context of photographs of the same subject in the collection [MM 96584 - MM 96597], the date from inscriptions [MM 96584] and research relating to flooding of the Yarra River, provides the most likely date of 1934.
References: http://www.yarrariver.info/history.htm - accessed 16/12/2008
http://www.bom.gov.au/lam/climate/levelthree/c20thc/flood4.htm - accessed 16/12/2008

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