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Negative - Aerial View of Wood Chip Mill Beside a River, 1970s Image Reg. No: MM 56624

Summary:
Colour 5" x 4" negative showing an aerial view of a wood chip mill beside a river in Victoria, in the 1970s.

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.
Description:
Colour 5" x 4" cellullose acetate negative.
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:
An aerial view of a small wood chip mill in operation. Smoke is emerging from chimneys at the mill complex. A large river is located nearby, which bends around to the left. Near the bend on the left bank of the river is a pier and opposite on the right, is moored a small cargo ship. To the right of the mill is a large section of land which has been cleared with the exception of several large trees that have remained.
Acknowledgement:
Laurie Richards Collection, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 100 mm (Height), 103 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Approximate dimensions

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Tagged with: aerial photographs, boats, chimneys, forestry, mills, motor cars, rivers, ships, wharves
Themes this item is part of: Laurie Richards Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Transport Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Laurie Richards Studio, Photographer, Melbourne, Victoria
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Forestry & Sawmilling
Tertiary Classification: woodchipping mills
Format: Negative: Colour; 5 in. x 4 in.
Place & Date Depicted: Victoria, Australia, 1970s
Photographer: Laurie Richards Studio, Alphington, Victoria, Australia, 1970s

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