One of approximately 85,000 negatives from the Laurie Richards Collection taken by the Melbourne based Laurie Richards Studio between the 1950s-1970s.

This image features Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies with H.J. Heinz II (1908-87), American CEO of the H.J. Heinz food company, most likely at the opening of the new Heinz factory in Dandenong which opened on 7 November 1955.

Laurie Richards was a professional photographer who began his career as a photo-journalist, working for the Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide, and the Argus and the Herald newspapers in Melbourne. In 1953, he opened his own business and set up a photographic studio at his home at 4 Tower Avenue, Alphington, an inner suburb of Melbourne. At its peak, in the late 1960s, the Laurie Richards Studio was one of Melbourne's pre-eminent commercial photographic studios, employing twelve photographers. The Laurie Richards Studio worked mainly in advertising and public relations, and had a broad clientele which included commercial companies, government institutions and the entertainment industry.

Description of Content

Portrait of two men in suits at the opening of the Heinz factory in Dandenong, Victoria. Man to the right is holding a piece of paper.

Physical Description

Black and white cellulose acetate negative.

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