Digital photograph featuring Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd female Plate Department staff, sitting in front of gardens at the Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd factory at Abbotsford, late 1945.
The photograph was taken by Freda McGregor (later Cuthbert). Freda worked in the Plate Department from 1935 - 1941 but left when she was married. She returned to work during World War II from 1942 - 1945, having been contacted by her former boss after her new husband went to war. Her sister Thelma (later Thelma Sneazwell) also worked for Kodak, in Developing and Printing from 1939 - early 1950s.
The photograph features Freda McGregor's friend and colleague Brenda Little, who presented Freda with an inscribed copy of the photograph, along with other female staff from the Plate Department. Back row left to right: Thelma Morris, Brenda Little, Joan Ryan, Lorna Bennett, Mavis Pascoe. Front row left to right: Mary Durkin, unknown (but probably a friend of one of the workers who was visiting the department.)
Freda and Thelma have provided the earliest memories of Kodak Australasia working life that has yet been identified. These memories of their work at Kodak's Abbotsford factory are captured in an oral history interview that is also in the collection.
Description of Content
Seven women sitting in front of a garden, smiling and laughing. Five are sitting on rocks at the back and two are seated on the grass at front. They are all wearing dresses or shirts and skirts.
Digital file. Original print was landscape orientation and had white border.
Collected from Mrs Freda Cuthbert, 12/10/2012
Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, late 1945
The donor thought this photograph was taken post WWII. Because she left Kodak in 1945, it was therefore probably taken sometime after August1945, when the war was over.
Back row, left to right:; Morris, Thelma; Little, Brenda; Ryan, Joan; Bennett, Lorna; Pascoe, Mavis; Front row, left to right:; Durkin, Mary; unknown
Digital Photograph, Black & White
On original - Back, handwritten, top left, black ink: 'To Freda / With love from Brenda.'
Type of item
139 mm (Width), 86 mm (Height)
133 mm (Width), 80 mm (Height)
Image only, without border.