Photograph of the Kodak Australasia Ltd Football Team, Victoria, circa 1914.
The players are standing in front of a members only stand, possibly at Ivanhoe Football Grounds as identified in MM 138222 and MM 155011 respectively.
Top left, standing in the back row of the photograph is Jack Lewis (with moustache) and to his left, Lewis Lewis.
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 sixteen men wearing Kodak football jumpers and white shorts. In the front row, four men are seated, in the second row are seated five men and standing in the back row are seven men with their hands behind their backs. The group is posed in front of a wooden building.
Black and white, silver gelatin photograph printed on medium weight paper, landscape format. Mounted on grey card, which has been cut into an upside down 'L' shape. The top left of photograph is torn and the player's head is missing. Top right of photograph is torn.
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Ms. Kate Metcalf - Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Place & Date Depicted
Ivanhoe, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1914
Inscription states, 'Early 1900s'. However this is similar to other photographs taken circa 1914, possibly at a game at the Ivanhoe Football Ground. Also, Kodak as a company was not established until 1908 so this image must date after this, and it is likely that it took several years to get the football team playing so the image potentially wasn't taken until a few years after this.
Lewis, Jack; Lewis, Lewis
Photograph, Black & White
Front, top left hand corner of backing board, handwritten, pen: 'jack' (with arrow pointing to man with moustache) and initials, 'L.L' above photograph and written on the photograph. Beneath photograph: 'KODAK FOOTBALL/TEAM EARLY/1900'S/JACK LEWIS (WITH MO)/+/LEWIS LEWIS (NEXT TO HIM).
Type of item
Image Dimensions - Photograph
137 mm (Width), 86 mm (Height)
Measurement of photograph, not board it is attached to
Image Dimensions - Mount
158 mm (Width), 201 mm (Height)