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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Streetscape of Factory Building in Flockhart Street, Kodak Factory, Abbotsford, 1961 Image Reg. No: MM 109728

Black and white silver gelatin photograph of a streetscape view of Flockhart Street in Abbotsford, Kodak Factory, 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 Flockhart Street was purchased by Kodak to accommodate its Reels and Sundries operations. This 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 Grosvenor Street along with an 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 Flockhart Street in Abbotsford featuring the east face of a factory building and looking towards Victoria Street with a neighbouring milk bar and its 'Four N Twenty' pies sign outside. Several cars can be seen parked in the street with a rare 1940 Chevrolet Master two-door 'All-Enclosed Coupe' or sloper just behind the pie sign. Just 149 of this type of body was made by General Motors-Holden for Chevrolet cars in 1940. This building was used for the company's Reels and Sundries operations.
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, buildings, photography, exterior views, 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
Model Name/Number: 1940; Master
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 3:45 PM
I believe that this picture may be a streetscape of Grosvenor Street in Abbotsford, not Flockhart Street as described. I have come to this conclusion by studying a building at 33 Grosvenor St and adjacent smaller building using Google Maps Street View, and then matching it to the old black and white image depicted here, in particular the brickwork pattern of the building and the design of the adjacent smaller building. The outline of the old trussed saw tooth roof is still clearly visible in Street View on the north facing wall of the larger building.

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