Black and white silver gelatin photograph, view looking south-west from the cooling tower of Building 11, Power House, Kodak factory, Coburg, November 1958.

In this image, apart from Building 11, the entire active building site can be seen. The Power House services gantry, with its newly insulated (lagged) pipes following the lines of internal roadways around to each building, appears to be complete, as well as most of the various services (this was the first leg of three major runs of the gantry system around the complex).

At the back and left of the site Building 7, Testing, with its two-storey centrepiece and east facing facade, appears to be completed externally. Only the roofs of single-storey Building 5, Sheet Film, and Building 4, Roll Film, are visible in the rear, but also appear to be completed externally. In the right foreground, the multi-storey section of Building 2, Emulsion Making, has reached the penthouse level, with service and elevator rooms being erected at this level. The single-storey east and west wings pf Building 7 appear to have been almost completed externally. In the centre, the multi-storey east end of Building 3, Emulsion Coating, has reached the penthouse level, while the single-storey west end appears to have been completed externally. A flyover connection between Buildings 2 and 3 has been erected at the third floor level.

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

This is a landscape view of the overall active construction site looking towards the south-west and down from the cooling tower of the Building 11 Power House. All buildings being constructed are in view (apart from the one from where the photo was taken). Builders' huts, workers and equipment can be seen scattered around the site while Pentridge Goal and residential housing estates are visible in the distance. The first leg of the Power House services gantry can be seen following the lines of internal roadways around to each building.

Physical Description

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

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