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Photograph - Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Factory Workers Assembling Heaters, circa 1925 Image Reg. No: MM 107020

Photograph of male factory workers assembling heaters at a Hecla manufacturing plant, probably the Little Bourke Street premises. Workers are stationed at heavy wooden benches that surround a floor space where completed heaters are lined up. Century, Elite, Jupiter, Renown, and Imperial designs can all be seen in various stages of completion. Along the back wall a worker assembles kettles.

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:
The assembling room at a Hecla manufacturing plant in Melbourne, possibly the Little Bourke Street factory. Employees assemble heaters and kettles at wooden benches around the room. In the centre of the room are rows of completed heaters arranged by model type.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Phil Wollen, 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 157 mm (Height), 207 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: manufacturing, workers, factory workers, factories, manufacturing workers, electric appliances, domestic appliances, kettles, heaters
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
Inscriptions: Handwritten, verso, centre, graphite pencil: '7 / Part of Assembly Dep'
Model Name/Number: Century; IMPERIAL; RENOWN; Jupiter; ELITE
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1925
Organisation Depicted: Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1925

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