Black and white silver gelatin photograph of the construction of the Machine Hall and the North Annexe, Building 11 Power House, Kodak factory, Coburg, January 1958.

The first stage of the Power House building consisted of a machine hall with north and south annexes. This is a view of the North Annexe and the north and south walls of the Machine Hall looking towards the west with farmland across the other side of Edgars Creek in the far background (showing through the security fence). The steel frame of the annexe on the right has already been erected and several building workers can be seen starting on the internal brickwork. A row of steel columns forming the north wall including the rails for an overhead crane can be seen being erected on concrete footings by building workers using a mobile crane. A single steel column has been erected for the corner of the south wall. A concrete walled trench south of the north wall can be seen running the full length of the hall with the two others running across to the south wall. The trenches were to be used for connecting pipes and cables between the various equipments on the floor of the hall.

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 view of a building under construction with farmland in the distant background. The steel frame of the annexe on the right of the photograph has been erected while the steel columns of the north and south walls are being erected with the help of a mobile crane. Concrete walled trenching can be seen in the foreground.

Physical Description

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

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