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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Exterior View of Building 8, Head Office & Sales & Marketing at the Kodak Factory, Coburg, circa 1965 Image Reg. No: MM 98895

Summary:
Black and white silver gelatin photograph taken by Wolfgang Sievers of an exterior view of Building 8 in the newly constructed Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd factory complex in Coburg, circa 1965.

Building 8 housed the Kodak Head Offices and Sales and Marketing Division. Architect Harry Norris of H A & F L Norris & Associates, created the design for the new factory and individual buildings, while the building contract was awarded to Lewis Constructions Pty Ltd. Building 8 was a steel and concrete framed brick infill structure featuring large areas of window glass and a unique air conditioning system to deal with the high solar loads. It consisted of four sections: the main office building of five floors plus services basement and under car parking area; the services block that consisted of five floors plus basement and additional sixth floor and elevator room; the reception area which was a single floor at ground level with under-floor amenities area (later filled in as a marketing theatre and entertaining area) and the computing centre block which was a single floor at ground level with under floor access for computer services.

The still uncompleted Coburg factory 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 and its manufacture of silver halide photographic products. It replaced the Abbotsford factory where Kodak had been operating since 1908. The Abbotsford premises eventually closed in 1966.

Wolfgang Sievers is widely recognised as one of Australia's most significant architectural and industrial photographers. He pioneered a modernist photographic style influenced by the Bauhaus, and his work celebrates industry and the worker. Sievers was commissioned to document the newly constructed Kodak Coburg plant. He subsequently took several hundred black & white and colour images that highlighted the modern architectural and industrial design features of the complex.

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, landscape format.
Description Of Content:
The photograph is of a multi-storey building. The image is taken to show the 'L' shaped intersection of two parts of the building. The left section of the building has fewer storeys. The centre of the image shows the taller section of the building. At ground level there is an underground carpark area. To the right is a low lying wall with "Kodak" signage. In the foreground is paved and grassed areas.
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: 196 mm (Height), 243 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: factories, buildings, photography, offices, manufacturing plants, exterior views
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Kodak Heritage Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Construction of the Kodak Factory at Coburg, Wolfgang Georg Sievers, Photographer (1913-2007), Baker & Rouse
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Photographic Products
Tertiary Classification: factory exterior views
Inscriptions: Back, stamp: 'WOLFGANG SIEVERS/Photographer/9 COLLINS ST., MELBOURNE C.1./TELEPHONE 63-4023'

Back, handwritten, pencil: '3613C'
Organisations Depicted: Sievers, Wolfgang
Format: Photograph: Black & White; 8 in. x 10 in.
Place & Date Depicted: Coburg, Victoria, Australia, circa 1965

In the invoice [see HT 20552], dated 28th August 1964 from Sievers to Kodak regarding the commission of photographs of the Coburg factory complex, Sievers mentions the postponement of some external images until landscaping had been completed. This suggests a later creation date needs to be posited for photographs, possibly 1965 [circa 1965], for a group of black and white as well as colour externals that feature a different serial number [3613] from the serial number in the invoice [3562].
Organisation Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, circa 1965

In the invoice [see HT 20552], dated 28th August 1964 from Sievers to Kodak regarding the commission of photographs of the Coburg factory complex, Sievers mentions the postponement of some external images until landscaping had been completed. This suggests a later creation date needs to be posited for photographs, possibly 1965 [circa 1965], for a group of black and white as well as colour externals that feature a different serial number [3613] from the serial number in the invoice [3562].
Photographer: Wolfgang Sievers, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, circa 1965

In the invoice [see HT 20552], dated 28th August 1964 from Sievers to Kodak regarding the commission of photographs of the Coburg factory complex, Sievers mentions the postponement of some external images until landscaping had been completed. This suggests a later creation date needs to be posited for photographs, possibly 1965 [circa 1965], for a group of black and white as well as colour externals that feature a different serial number [3613] from the serial number in the invoice [3562].
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
Ennis, Helen "Intersections: Photography, History and the National Library of Australia", National Library of Australia, Canberra, 2004

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