Black and white silver gelatin photograph, distilled water plant and other pumping systems, South Annexe of the Power House, Building 11, Kodak factory, Coburg, circa 1961.

The manufacturing processes of emulsion making and coating used large quantities of water in a variety of qualities, from clarified, treated to pure distilled water for various requirements from washing to mixing the emulsions. In this image, the steam distillers and stainless steel storage tanks at the east end of the building appear to have been installed along with the distilled water reticulation pumps and associated control equipment against the south wall to the right of picture. In the foreground, a lifting tripod is located above an electric motor/pump set yet to be connected to the chilled water circulation system for the future steam driven centrifugal refrigeration compressors (unsighted) being installed in the machine hall to the left under Stage 2.

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

Machine room with steam distillers and steel water tanks. There's a steel tripod in the foreground and to the right, a ladder.

Physical Description

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

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