Photograph - Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Workers Operating Machinery, circa 1920s Image Reg. No: MM 107013

Summary:
Hecla factory workers shaping metal components of Hecla products, possibly in the Little Bourke Street factory. The machinery is rudimentary and powered by a driveshaft running along the ceiling of the room.

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.'
Description:
Black and white photograph with white border attached to a buff paper backing by sticky tape at each corner.
Description Of Content:
Workers at a Hecla factory circa 1925. They are operating metal shaping machinery.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Phil Wollen, 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 155 mm (Height), 197 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: manufacturing, workers, factories, industrial equipment, manufacturing workers, electric appliances, 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
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920s
Organisation Depicted: Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920s

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