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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Generators and Pipes Under Flood Water, Abbotsford, Victoria, 1934 Image Reg. No: MM 98582

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

This photograph shows the interior of the Powerhouse under water when the Yarra River was in flood in 1934. At left are large pipes and a light bulb hanging from the ceiling. To the right is a board of electricity meters, the doorway and pipes running across the brick wall. The DC generators are partially submerged and oil from the machinery is visible in slicks on the water. The Powerhouse provided all of the power and refrigeration for the factory.

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 medium weight paper, landscape format with border.
Description Of Content:
The photograph shows the interior of a room in the Powerhouse building under water. At left are large pipes and a light bulb hanging from the ceiling. To the right is a board of electricity meters, the doorway and pipes running across the brick wall. The DC generators are partially submerged and oil from the machinery is visible in slicks on the water.
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), 108 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: flood damage, flooding, factories, generators, manufacturing plants, power houses, photography
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 interior views
Inscriptions: Back, stamp, blue ink: 'X779'
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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