Black and white silver gelatin photograph, Building 11, Power House and gantry system, Kodak factory, Coburg, circa 1961.

When completed, Building 11 consisted of an integrated machinery hall with its north & south annexes, boiler hall, evaporative water cooling towers, a 62 metre brick chimney stack, oil bunkers, tank farm and office/amenities block. This fully integrated Power House provided the most efficient use of electricity and fuel oil (and later natural gas) to match the variable load of the factory.

Stage 1 of construction (including the machinery hall and annexes) provided sufficient capacity of equipment to accommodate the initial factory start-up period (1958-60). Stage 2 of construction included the boiler hall, chimney stack, additional two cooling towers, the installation of two refractory boilers and associated steam driven equipment.

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 after the manufacturing plant at Coburg had closed down the year before.

Description of Content

In the foreground is a steel framework structure supporting numerous pipes. To the right is a car park fenced in with a chainlink fence. Vehicles parked include Holdens, Austins, Zephyrs, Hillmans, Chryslers and Volkswagens. In the background is a multi-storey building with three cooling towers situated on the roof. Behind this, a chimney stack is visible.

Physical Description

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

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