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Negative - BHP House Under Construction, William Street, Melbourne, 1970 Image Reg. No: MM 055376

Colour 5" x 4" negative showing BHP House under construction at 140 William Street, on the corner of Bourke Street, Melbourne, in 1970. The 41 storey building was designed by Yuncken Freeman architects.

This image is part of the Laurie Richards Collection at Museum Victoria comprising approximately 85,000 negatives taken by the Melbourne based Laurie Richards Studio between the 1950s -1970s. These negatives are all mostly large format [5"x 4"/ 12.5 x 10 cm], black and white images, though a significant number are in colour. The many photographic jobs that were undertaken in the course of thirty years are itemised in a set of log books, copies of which are also held by Museum Victoria.

Laurie Richards was a professional photographer who began his career as a photo-journalist, working for the Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide, and the Argus and the Herald newspapers in Melbourne. In 1953, he opened his own business and set up a photographic studio at his home at 4 Tower Avenue, Alphington, an inner suburb of Melbourne. At its peak, in the late 1960s, the Laurie Richards Studio was one of Melbourne's pre-eminent commercial photographic studios, employing twelve photographers. The Laurie Richards Studio worked mainly in advertising and public relations, and had a broad clientele which included commercial companies, government institutions and the entertainment industry.
Statement Of Significance:
Because of the breadth of both the subject matter photographed and the diverse businesses which commissioned the work, and the excellent documentation that accompanies the collection, the Laurie Richards Collection at Museum Victoria is an invaluable record of Melbourne?s commercial and industrial past and as such gives an insight into the social history of that period.
Description Of Content:
BHP House, 140 William Street [at the corner of Bourke Street], Melbourne, in the course of construction. Two motor trucks are delivering steel girders to the construction site. Two cranes are positioned within the construction site.
Laurie Richards Collection, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimension Comment: Approximate dimensions

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Tagged with: construction sites, cranes, display boards, framework, girders, motor trucks, scaffolding, signage, trailers
Themes this item is part of: Laurie Richards Collection, Engineering Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Transport Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Laurie Richards Studio, Photographer, Melbourne, Victoria
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Petroleum Products
Tertiary Classification: construction sites
Original Caption: BHP House
Format: Negative: Colour; 5 in. x 4 in.
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1970
Photographer: Laurie Richards Studio, Alphington, Victoria, Australia, 1970
Organisation Depicted: Broken Hill Proprietary Co Ltd (BHP), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1970

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