Black and white silver gelatin photograph, view looking directly west from across Elizabeth Street through the Main Gate Entrance, Kodak factory, Coburg, July 1960

This photograph features the security controlled main gate entrance to the Kodak factory complex.It has been photographed from Elizabeth Street. Building 1, Gatehouse, is to the left and the Main Carpark is on the right. Gatehouse Road extends to the west between Buildings 7, Testing, Building 3, Emulsion Coating, to the left, and Building 2, Emulsion Making, to the right. A section of the Power House services gantry is visible over the road.

During the construction period this was the only entrance to the factory site up until late 1960. At this time an additional entrance was required for the movement of finished goods from the Building 6, Distribution Centre, in Boyne Street, as well as personnel access gates from additional carparks.

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 a road is running across the image. Down the centre of the image is a road leading into a factory complex. Two gates are positioned either side of the road, currently open. A car park is visible to the right behind a wire link fence. A sign to the left features "KODAK (A'ASIA) PTY LTD VACANCIES". To the left is a small sign requesting a "5 miles per hour" speed limit. A single storey building is on the left side of the road. In the distance, a truck is driving along the road. Lamp posts are lined up on the right side of the road. A gantry system is visible running across the road at second storey height. Two multi-storey buildings are positioned either side of the road in the mid-ground of the print.

Physical Description

Black and white silver gelatin photograph printed on light weight paper with holes punched along the left edge, landscape format.

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