Black and white silver gelatin photograph of the exterior of the Kodak Australasia factory in Abbotsford, Victoria, circa 1940.

To the right of the photograph is the Power House second chimney, which was probably built in the 1930s. The Power House provided all of the power and refrigeration for the Kodak factory. Next to the chimney is the Paper Coating Building where photographic paper was coated and photographic emulsions were manufactured. The tank visible on the top of the tower of this building contained distilled water which was used in manufacturing. The low building, partially obscured by trees, is the maintenance workshops. In the foreground are the staff gardens featuring garden beds, trees and lawn, with the tennis court fence visible at far left.

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, when the Melbourne manufacturing plant at Coburg closed down.

Description of Content

Photograph of the exterior of a factory and a garden setting. The image features chimneys and a tower with a water tank on top to the right and a view of the garden beds, trees, lawn and a tennis court fence in the foreground.

Physical Description

Black and white gelatin photograph, printed on light weight Velox paper, portrait format with a white border.

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