Black and white, silver gelatin photograph of the Kodak Abbotsford employees assembled for a group portrait for the Abbotsford War Bonds Appeal, Kodak Australasia, Abbotsford, Victoria, 1917, during World War I. Kodak was a strong contributor to wartime charity efforts and comfort fund activities.

The Abbotsford factory was initially the site of the Austral Plate Company, created by Thomas Baker, a pharmaceutical chemist, in 1884. After Baker went into partnership with accountant, John Rouse, to develop the photographic manufacturing company, Baker and Rouse Pty Ltd, they proposed a merger with Eastman Kodak in 1907. In 1908, Australian Kodak Limited was formed and evolved to become what is known today as Kodak Australasia. The Abbotsford site remained the base for the operations of Kodak Australasia until the late 1950s.

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, when the Melbourne manufacturing plant at Coburg closed down.

Description of Content

A group photograph of male and female employees and children in front of the 'Kodak Australasia Limited' building. There is a tank at the centre of the image amidst the group with people standing on it and a couple of people inside it. To the right of the tank, there is a canon with a British Union Jack flag placed above it. In the top right hand corner there is an aircraft flying low.

Physical Description

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

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