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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, George McKillop & Henry Foote with Kodak Executives, Staff & Guests at the Reception of the Official Opening of the Kodak Factory, Coburg, 1961 Image Reg. No: MM 98728

Colour photograph of the reception at the official opening of the Kodak factory complex at Coburg, 14 April 1961.

In this group photograph, standing second from the left is George McKillop from the Manufacturing Division. Standing next to him is Chief Managing Director and Chairman of Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Henry F. Foote.

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.
Colour photograph, printed on medium weight paper with a white border, landscape format.
Description Of Content:
A group of five men standing with drinks in their hands. The man far left, has his back facing the camera. Second from the left is a man wearing a dark grey suit and tie and at the centre is a man wearing a three piece grey suit. The shorter man, fourth from the left is wearing glasses and a three piece suit and red tie.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 89 mm (Height), 127 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: factories, photography, manufacturing plants, functions, receptions, making history - kodak collection
Themes this item is part of: Baker & Rouse, Images & Image Making Collection, Kodak Heritage Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Construction of the Kodak Factory at Coburg
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Photographic Products
Tertiary Classification: opening events
Inscriptions: Back, stamp: 'THIS IS A/KODACOLOR PRINT/Made by/Kodak/OCTOBER 1961/C 903'
People Depicted: Foote, Mr. Henry; McKillop, George
Format: Photograph: Colour
Place & Date Depicted: Coburg, Victoria, Australia, Apr 1961
Organisation Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, Apr 1961
Person Depicted: Mr Henry Foote - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, Apr 1961
Person Depicted: Mr George McKillop - Kodak Australasia, Pty Ltd Manufacturing Division, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, Apr 1961
References: Beale, N, The History of Kodak in Australia, Coburg, no date.
?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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