Colour aerial photograph of the suburban housing near the construction site of the Kodak factory complex at Coburg, 1961. The NE corner of the site boundary can be seen opposite the intersection of Elizabeth and Hosken Streets.

Construction of the Kodak factory complex in Coburg began in 1957 on 23 hectares of former farmland. Since 1908, Kodak had been operating from the factory in Abbotsford and had gradually outgrown the premises. The Abbotsford factory remained operational while the Coburg plant was being built until it closed in1966. Architect Harry Norris of H A & F L Norris & Associates, created the design for the new factory and individual buildings for the manufacture of silver halide photographic products. The building contract was awarded to Lewis Constructions Pty Ltd. The still uncompleted complex was officially opened on 14 April 1961 by the Prime Minister, Robert G. Menzies with Dr. A Chapman, President of Eastman Kodak Company, in attendance. The complex was the national headquarters of Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd.


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

Aerial photograph of suburban housing blocks with a paved street running diagonally across the print. In the distance is a water tower. To the left in the background is an open field. In the far distance is open farmland and hills.

Physical Description

Colour photograph printed on medium weight paper with a white border.

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