Black and white, silver gelatin photograph of members of the Accountants Conference, Kodak Australasia, Abbotsford, Victoria, 1948.

Front row from left to right: Roger Kuring, Jean Jeffries, John Habersberger, Laura Marsh, Bill Clarkson, Moira Sheedy, Ernie Page, John Sutherland, Len Shepherd, Nell Cameron, Alf Martin, Norma Symmons, Jack Ellis.
Back row from left to right: Noel Monteith, Wal Turnbull, Jack Tydeman, Bill McCarthy, Cam Oakley, Neil Murray, Geoff Baker, Pat Hogan, Ron Nicholson, Neil Payne, Rip Sargood.

This photograph was later reproduced in the Kodak News, with details of the staff members' roles and status.

The Abbotsford factory was initially the site of the Austral Plate Company, created by Thomas Baker, a pharmaceutical chemist, in 1884. Baker later went into partnership with accountant, John Rouse, to develop the photographic manufacturing company, Baker and Rouse Pty Ltd. In 1908, Australian Kodak Limited was formed and took over Baker & Rouse. Australian Kodak Limited evolved to become what is known in 2010 as Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd. The original Baker & Rouse 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 consisting of twenty four people positioned in two rows in a garden setting. In the front row there are thirteen people seated while in the back row, there are eleven men posed standing.The group is situated on a lawn with dense foliage in the background from the trees.

Physical Description

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

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