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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Streetscape of Grosvenor Street Garage, Kodak Factory, Abbotsford, 1961 Image Reg. No: MM 109724

Black and white silver gelatin photograph of a streetscape view of Grosvenor 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 Grosvenor Street 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 Flockhart 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 Grosvenor Street along with the adjacent iron clad skillion roofed annexe to the north served as the Garage, whilst the remaining section facing Flockhart Street accommodated the Reels and Sundries Department operations along with a Machine Tool Room in support of these 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:
This is a streetscape of Grosvenor Street in Abbotsford featuring the west face of a factory building and looking towards Victoria Street. The main building frontage is of brick construction with a skillion roofed iron clad annexe to the north side. Several cars can be seen parked in the street. 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, streetscapes, 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 4:31 PM
I believe that this picture may be a streetscape view of Duke Street in Abbotsford, not Grosvenor Street as described. I have come to this conclusion by studying the building 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 can still be seen in Street View. 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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