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Photograph - Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Factory Premises, 1920s Image Reg. No: MM 107024

Summary:
Black and white photograph of the interior of a Hecla factory. The photograph possibly shows Hecla's Little Bourke Street premises in Melbourne.

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 a white border. It is adhered with sticky tape to a hole punched buff paper backing.
Description Of Content:
Interior of a largely an empty factory with exposed wooden rafters, concrete floor and corrugated iron roof. It appears to be the same factory as appears in MM 107022, though photographed from the opposite end of the building.

The building is lit by skylights and windows on external walls. It is empty except for some partially completed stoves and several bicycles leaned against a pallet to the left of the image. In the mid-ground two men in suits survey the floor. Workers in shirt sleeves stand to the rear of the building.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Phil Wollen, 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 152 mm (Height), 197 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, top centre, graphite pencil: 'Sheet metal work Dept & sm press Dept / laquer & [enamelling] room'
Photographer's rubber stamp, verso, middle, purple ink: 'C F Frazer / Photo / 154 LIT. COLLINS STREET / Phone 4358 Cent. MELB'
Handwritten, verso, lower centre, graphite pencil: '[?] photo'
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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