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Photograph - Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Factory Workers Operating Equipment, circa 1920 Image Reg. No: MM 107003

Photograph of male factory workers operating industrial equipment. In the foreground are semi-completed water cylinders. The clothing indicates the picture was taken in the early 1920s, which suggests the photo was taken in either the Hecla, Little Collins Street or Little Bourke Street factories, Melbourne. Although there are lights suspended from the ceiling the room is lit by large windows visible on the right and in the background of the picture.

This photograph is from an album containing 255 black and white photographs depicting electrical appliances, showroom displays, factory interiors and advertising material relating to Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd. It is part of the Hecla collection of photographs, documents, products, manuals and promotional materials from the Hecla Electrics factories in Melbourne. This collection dates from the late 19th century to the late 20th century and was acquired in 2004 from the current owner of the Hecla Electrics brand.

Hecla Electrics manufactured and distributed a wide range of domestic and commercial electric appliances products to Australasia, such as heaters, kettles, toasters, stoves and water heaters. Its client base included households, commercial businesses such as cafés, hospitals and offices, as well as the military. The company promoted its goods through advertisements in home magazines and displays in shop windows, home shows and the 1935 All-Electricity Exhibition. Hecla Electrics became a household name in Melbourne during the 1920s and remained a popular Australian brand until the late 20th century.'
Black and white photograph with white border. It is adhered with sticky tape at each corner to a buff paper backing.
Description Of Content:
Factory workers operating metal shaping machinery in a factory. In the foreground are partially completed water cylinder casings.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Phil Wollen, 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 102 mm (Height), 131 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: manufacturing, workers, working conditions, factory workers, factories, manufacturing workers, domestic appliances, industrial machinery
Themes this item is part of: Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Electrical Appliance Manufacturers, Melbourne, Victoria, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Domestic Appliances
Tertiary Classification: manufacturing processes
Inscriptions: Verso
Top RHC: '8'
Centre: '4[?]'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920
Organisation Depicted: Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920

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