Black and white, silver gelatin photograph of Chief Managing Director and Chairman of Kodak Australasia, Henry F. Foote, greeting Prime Minister Robert Menzies at the opening of the Kodak factory complex at Coburg, 14 April1961.

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.

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.

Description of Content

Two men greeting each other with a handshake in front of a black vehicle. The vehicle door is open. The man to the right, Prime Minister Robert Menzies, is wearing a long, dark wool overcoat and is holding a hat. The man to the left is wearing a light coloured suit and is turned three-quarters away from the camera. In the background there is a building.

Physical Description

Black and white, silver gelatin photograph, printed on medium weight paper with a white border, portrait format. Originally came with paper notes and typed caption attached with adhesive tape.

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