Black and white gelatin panoramic photograph of the Kodak Australasia factory in Abbotsford, Victoria, 1927-1930.

Workers seem to be putting up a fence on the land opposite the Kodak factory buildings, possibly in preparation for the construction of the X-Ray building there that was completed in 1930.

This photograph features the multi-storey 1886 Austral Laboratory building which curves around Southhampton Crescent in Abbotsford, on the Kodak factory site. Construction is taking place over the road from the building. This building was originally part of the Austral Plate Company photographic plate factory site. Thomas Baker, a pharmaceutical chemist, established this business on his residential property, Yarra Grange in 1884.

The four buildings in view were all built by 1910.

In 1894, under the partnership name Baker and Rouse, this company was owned by Thomas Baker and accountant, John Rouse. In the first decade of the 20th century the company and factory site was bought and operated by Kodak. In the late 1950s Kodak moved from Abbotsford to a new factory site at Coburg on the northern outskirts of Melbourne.

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 site. It features a multi-storey brick building with five sections, including one section on the far left which is only one storey. In front there are seven cars and one motorbike parked on a road. In front of this road is a construction site with workmen. To the right of this building are other buildings from the same factory site and a truck driving down a road. Trees are visible in the far right background.

Physical Description

Black and white silver gelatin panoramic photograph, printed on light weight paper, landscape format with a white border.

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