Photograph of the Kodak Australasia factory in Abbotsford, 1952.
This photograph shows the Yarra River in flood, as the floodwater is receding. Debris from the flood is evident in the mid-ground of the image, with planks of timber collecting along the tree-line. The sheds made of aluminium sheeting are still partially underwater.
The Yarra River was prone to flooding, and despite major works designed to manage water flow in the 1920s, the river still experienced a major flood in November 1934 and again in July 1952. Such floods caused damage to the Kodak factory and potentially washed away into the river some of the materials and chemicals that were used in the manufacturing process.
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
The photograph is taken from the bank of the river on the factory side. The flood water appears to be receding with debris such as timber collecting along the tree-line in the mid-ground of the photograph. In the foreground, to the left, a fence is partially visible and there are power lines running across the top of the image. Piles of sand and rock are in the foreground to the left. In the mid-ground there are sheds made from aluminium sheeting, partially submerged by flood water.
Black and white silver gelatin photograph, printed on light weight paper, landscape format with a white border.
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Ms. Kate Metcalf - Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Place & Date Depicted
Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1952
In the context of photographs of the same subject in the collection [MM 96584 - MM 96597], the date from inscriptions on similar photographs [MM 96586], the format of this photographic print and a similar one [MM 96586], and research relating to flooding of the Yarra River, the most likely date for this image is 1952 rather than the date of the earlier flood in 1934.
Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1934
In the context of photographs of the same subject in the collection [MM 96584 - MM 96597], the date from inscriptions [MM 96584] and research relating to flooding of the Yarra River, provides the most likely date of 1934.
Photograph, Black & White
Back, handwritten, pencil" 'Jan B'
Type of item
Image Dimensions - Photograph
257 mm (Width), 203 mm (Height)