Photograph of the Kodak Australasia factory in flood from the Yarra River in Abbotsford, 1952.
Taken from the roof of one of the Kodak factory buildings, the photograph shows the impact of the flood on the Kodak factory. Timber from the store under the Kodak carpenter's shop is floating on the perimeter of the site close to a fence. In the foreground is a tank full of water. This tank was used for silver recovery, and usually contained a slurry of silver nitrate.
The Yarra River was prone to flooding, and despite major works designed to manage water flow in the 1920s, the river still experienced a major flood in November 1934 and then again in 1952. Such floods caused damage to the Kodak factory and potentially washed away into the river some of the materials and chemicals that were used in the manufacturing process.
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 a factory in flood from the adjacent river. Taken from the roof of one of the factory buildings, the photograph shows a tank full of water and timber floating on the perimeter of the site close to a fence.
Black and white gelatin photograph, printed on light weight paper, landscape format with a white border.
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Ms. Kate Metcalf - Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Place & Date Depicted
Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1952
The inscription says 1954 but the major floods on the Yarra River were 1934 and 1952. The photograph print format suggests 1950s rather than 1930s, hence more likely to be 1952, with the1954 inscription being a possible error, perhaps added incorrectly at a later date.
Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1934
The inscription says 1954 but the major flood on the Yarra River was 1934, so this date is being used rather than 1954.
Photograph, Black & White
Back, handwritten, blue ink: "1954 Floods / Abbotsford" Back, handwritten, pencil: "Timber from Store under Carpenters shop""
Type of item
Image Dimensions - Photograph
257 mm (Width), 204 mm (Height)