Black and white, silver gelatin photograph of staff from the Research Laboratory at Kodak Australasia factory, Abbotsford, Victoria, 1947-1948.

Standing in the back row from left to right: Bert Brett, Jock Keir, Len Wells, Dr Lewis, John Smibert, [unidentified], Orm Goble.
Seated in the middle row from left to right: Pauline Harrold, Sharley Meredith, Joan Gamble, Betty Coats, Betty Eames, Kath Grewar, Mavis Dixon, Trudy Mendell, Mary Meadley.
Seated in the front from left to right: Bryan Edwards, Nellie Fisher, Mary Kerr, [unidentified].

The Abbotsford factory was initially the site of the Austral Plate Company, created by Thomas Baker, a pharmaceutical chemist, in 1884. After Baker went into partnership with accountant, John Rouse, to develop the photographic manufacturing company, Baker and Rouse Pty Ltd, they proposed a merger with Eastman Kodak in 1907. In 1908, Australian Kodak Limited was formed and evolved to become what is known today as Kodak Australasia. The Abbotsford site remained the base for the operations of Kodak Australasia until the late 1950s.

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

Group portrait of twenty people in a garden setting. In the front row, two men are seated on the ground either side of two women. In the second row, nine women are seated at a long bench. Standing at the rear are seven men. To the left and behind the group is a man in overalls.

Physical Description

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

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