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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Aerial View of Abbotsford Garage, Kodak Factory, Abbotsford, 1961 Image Reg. No: MM 109723

Black and white silver gelatin photograph of an aerial view of Duke Street in Abbotsford featuring the west face of a factory building and looking towards Victoria Street, 1961

As the original factory at Southhampton Crescent outgrew its premises, several small factory buildings close by were acquired by the company to accommodate operations which were self-contained and not associated from the main film and paper manufacturing operations.

The building in DukeStreet was purchased by Kodak and used as the company Garage for the storage and maintenance of company vehicles. The main building occupied a rectangular block of land through to Grosvenor Street. Both street frontages had brick facades and side wings with iron cladding over timber and steel framing and a trussed saw tooth roof allowing large expanses of clear floor area with natural lighting. The larger section of this building facing Duke Street along with the adjacent iron clad skillion roofed annexe to the north served as the Garage, whilst the remaining section facing Grosvenor Street accommodated the Reels and Sundries Department operations. These buildings were collectively known as the 'Kodak Garage'.

Kodak manufactured and distributed a wide range of photographic products to Australasia, such as, film, paper, chemicals, cameras and miscellaneous equipment. Its client base included amateur and professional photographers as well as specialist medical and graphic art professionals who used photography, x-ray and other imaging techniques.

This photograph is part of the Kodak collection of products, promotional materials, photographs and working life artefacts collected from Kodak Australasia in 2005 after the manufacturing plant at Coburg had closed down the year before.
Black and white silver gelatin photograph printed on medium weight paper, landscape format.
Description Of Content:
The main building frontage is of brick construction with a sawtooth iron roof over the entire floor area. A skillion roofed iron clad annexe is located to the north side. Several cars can be seen parked in the street and along the annexe in an off-street parking situation. This building was used as the company Garage for the storage and maintenance of company vehicles.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: manufacturing, factories, photography, garages, making history - kodak collection
Themes this item is part of: Kodak Wartime Comforts Fund, Images & Image Making Collection, Kodak Heritage Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Photographic Products
Tertiary Classification: business archives
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, 1961
Organisation Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Limited, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, 1961


Eric Harbis Posted on 08 May 2014 4:23 PM
I believe that this picture may be an aerial view of Duke Street in Abbotsford, not Grosvenor Street as described. I have come to this conclusion by studying the buildings at 36 Duke St and adjacent building at 50 Duke St using Google Maps Street View, and then matching it to the old black and white image depicted here, in particular the design of both buildings, and especially the sloping roof of the smaller building which still exists. My interest in this picture comes about because my family resided in Duke Street in the 60's, and I still have a very good memory of the streetscape.

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