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Photograph - Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Factory Premises, 1920s Image Reg. No: MM 107022

Black and white photograph of an empty factory floor, possibly Hecla's Little Bourke Street site.

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 a white border. It is adhered with sticky tape to a buff paper backing.
Description Of Content:
Photograph of the interior of an empty factory. The building is constructed of wood with an exposed corrugated iron roof. Planks of wood and metal poles lie on the bare concrete floor.Along the left hand side of the building are large banks of windows, on the right are smaller windows, possibly attached to offices. A row of sky lights stretches the length of the building along the right hand side of the ceiling. Three workers in overalls stand by the right wall.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Phil Wollen, 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 151 mm (Height), 196 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: manufacturing, industry, working conditions, factories, buildings, electric appliances, domestic appliances, factory construction
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, bottom centre, graphite pencil: '1/2 reduction'
Photographer's rubber stamp, verso, centre, purple ink: 'C F Frazer / Photo / 154 LIT. COLLINS STREET / Phone 4868 Cent. MELB'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1920s
Organisation Depicted: Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1920s

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