Colour photograph of former Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd factory taken from the street, on Southampton Crescent, Abbotsford, circa 1980s. The image shows a new occupant of one of the buildings, 'La Mode', at right, and the other key occupant of the site, Carlton United Brewery, at left, with a truck loaded with beer bottles.

Part of a collection of research material and artefacts assembled by former Kodak Australasia employee Nigel Beale while he was writing Kodak's company history in the 1980s.

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, educational, defence, scientific and graphic art professionals who used photography, x-ray and other imaging techniques.

Description of Content

Wide shot of a factory building 'La Mode' and car park taken from across the street. Cars are parked in the first parking bay. A blue truck is parked next to a line of trees on the left hand side of the image.

Physical Description

A colour landscape format photograph printed on Kodak photo paper. This is very similar in composition and subject to MM134832.


This item, showing the site of the former Kodak factory in Abbotsford, enhances our understanding of the changing nature of the photographic manufacturing in Melbourne, and also traces the changes in industrial sites in inner Melbourne over the twentieth century. This is an important theme for Melbourne, where de-industrialisation has changed the shape and culture of the city in a multitude of ways since the decline of local industry in the late-twentieth century. That Kodak staff took this photograph of its former premises twenty years after it relocated, shows that the company was also interested in its heritage.

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