Kodak Archive
Series 7 - 'Shares and Shareholders'

A share certificate book containing 250 share certificates numbered 1 to 250 for 'Australian Kodak Limited', a company created through the merger of 'Eastman Kodak Company' and 'Baker & Rouse' in 1908. Share certificates 1 to 101 have been torn out leaving behind the stub. Page 250 has been torn out and taken as a printers copy. The first 100,100 of the 150,000 original allocations of shares (valued at £1 each) for 'Australian Kodak Limited' were issued in 1908 from this book, and notes made subsequently until 1911. The stubs name the two Directors Thomas Baker and John Joseph Rouse along with 'Eastman Kodak Company' as sole recipients of the shares. The pages are stamped NOT TRANSFERABLE BEFORE 30th JUNE 1913.

This document belongs to the 'Shares and Shareholders' series which consists of share registers, share certificates, correspondence and shareholder lists, ranging in dates from 1908 to 1998. It is part of the Kodak Heritage Collection of products, promotional materials, photographs and working life artefacts collected from Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd in 2005, when the Melbourne manufacturing plant at Coburg closed down.

Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd 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.

Physical Description

Book with grey-green cardboard covers and burgundy leatherette binding. The front cover shows a handwritten number '1' enclosed by a circle. On the lower right corner of the cover's inside is a white oval sticker displaying the Greek god Atlas in black ink and a banner with the words 'ATLAS E. NEWLANDS PRESS'. Pages are perforated between stub and certifcate with certificate numbers 1 to 101 removed with inscribed stubs remaining. Certificate numbers 102 to 249 are blank. Final certificate 250 was removed for printers copy. Blank certificates and stubs are printed in navy blue ink, certificate numbers stamped in black ink (as part of the original creation of the ledger) and vertical text in centre of certificate printed in red ink. All handwritten text is in black ink. A piece of yellow-brown cardboard is loosely inserted in the back cover.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Kodak Heritage Collection, Kodak Archive Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Images & Image Making, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Ms. Kate Metcalf - Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005

  • Acknowledgement

    Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.

  • User

    Australian Kodak Ltd, Abbotsford, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908 - 1911
    Two single dates (26/04/1909 & 13/02/1911) appear in the book. However, the company was registered in 1908 and all certificates of the original 150,000 allocations (transferred and glued into later share books) are dated 07/08/1908 and the company was registered on the same date. It is therefore most likely that all share allocations occurred in 1908.

  • Signed By

    Mr Thomas Baker - Austral Plate Company, Abbotsford, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908 - 1911
    Named as recipient of 40,000 shares and signatory of said stubs. Signature on every certificate as the 'Director' and additional initials 'TB' on every stub.

  • Signed By

    Mr Alfred C. Shaw - Australian Kodak Limited, Abbotsford, Abbotsford, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908 - 1911
    Initials 'ACS' on every stub and signature on every certificate as 'Secretary'.

  • Signed By

    Mr John J. Rouse - Baker & Rouse Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Melbourne, Australia, Abbotsford, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908 - 1911
    Named as recipient of 10,000 shares and signatory of said stubs.

  • Organisation Named

    Eastman Kodak Company, 1908
    Named as recipient of 50,100 shares.

  • Inscriptions

    Front cover, upper left, handwritten, grey lead pencil: '1' Inside front cover, lower right, black ink: 'ATLAS E. NEWLANDS PRESS' STUBS Every stub, vertical middle, printed, red ink: 'NOT TRANSFERABLE BEFORE 30th JUNE, 1913.' Blank stub: Middle, printed navy blue & stamped black ink: 'Australian Kodak Limited. / ..... / ..... / ..... / Certificate No. 102 / .....Shares / Numbered from / ..... / .....' Inscribed 1st stub: Middle, printed navy blue, stamped & handwritten black ink: 'Australian Kodak Limited. / Thomas Baker / Bond St. / Abbotsford / T.B. Certificate No. 1 ACS / One thousand. (1000) Shares / Numbered from 1 to 1000. / Thomas. Baker / 26.4.09' Back of stub 249, middle, hand written, black ink: 'No 250 / Taken as printers Copy. / 13/2/1911 / [signature]' CERTIFICATES (FRONT) Every certificate, vertical middle, printed, red ink: 'NOT TRANSFERABLE BEFORE 30th JUNE, 1913.' Every certificate, vertical left, printed, navy blue ink: [inscription inside rectangle surrounded by ca. 200 miniature windmill sails] 'Australian Kodak Limited.' Every certificate, middle, printed navy blue ink, stamped black ink: 'Certificate No. 102 .....Shares / AUSTRALIAN KODAK LIMITED / Incorporated under "The Companies' Act, 1890." / CAPITAL: £150,000 IN 150,000 SHARES OF £1 EACH / Share Certificate / This is to Certify that ..... / of ..... is the holder of ..... / Shares numbered ..... in Australian Kodak Limited, subject / to the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the said Company which Shares are fully paid up. / Given under the Common Seal of the Company this ..... / day of ..... One thousand ..... hundred and ..... / ..... Director ..... Secretary. / Registered Office and Works: Southampton Crescent, Abbotsford, Melbourne. / Branches at Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane & New Zealand. / Allied Companies at / Rochester, New York, London, Paris, Lyons, Nice, Berlin, Brussels, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Milan.' CERTIFICATES (BACK) Middle, printed navy blue ink: 'TRANSFER / I, ..... of ..... / (hereinafter called the Transferror) in consideration of the sum of ..... Pounds / paid to me by ..... of ..... / (hereinafter called the Transferee) do hereby transfer to the transferee the ..... Share / [or Shares] numbered ..... standing in my name in the books of / Australian Kodak Limited to hold unto the Transferee, his executors, administrators, and assigns, / subject to the several conditions upon which I held the same at the time of the execution hereof. And I, the / said

  • Classification

    Manufacturing & industry, Photographic products, Business archives

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    390 mm (Width), 23 mm (Depth), 164 mm (Height)

  • Overall Dimensions - Open

    755 (Width), 23 (Depth), 164 (Height)

  • Keywords

    Manufacturing, Industry, Business Records, Accounting, Shareholders, Shares