Black and white silver gelatin photograph, view angled down and north-west from the roof of Electricity Sub-Station #2 and featuring Building 2, Emulsion Making, under construction, Kodak factory, Coburg, April, 1958.

Image of the partly constructed west wing of Building 2. A similarly styled east wing is under construction in the right foreground. A steel reinforced concrete retaining wall to ground level, incorporating the steel columns, runs the full length of the south side of the building to accommodate the slightly sloping land.

The west and east wings of Building 2 were connected to a special purpose built four-storey steel reinforced concrete and brick walled structure. In this image, preparations for the pouring of the first floor concrete is underway, with steel reinforcing rods for the columns rising above the formwork. Entrance to the already constructed basement can be located below the jib crane. This multi-storey building eventually housed all the emulsion making systems which supplied the Building 3, Emulsion Coating, operations via a connecting flyover 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

Image of construction site. This single building complex appears to be in various stages of construction. The partly completed steel roof trussed building in the far centre is featured along with the first stages of a steel reinforced concrete structure in the foreground. With the help of a jib crane, several building workers can be seen preparing formwork prior to pouring a concrete floor.

Physical Description

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

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