Photograph showing the ceremonial laying of bricks for Building 4 at the Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd factory in Abbotsford, 30 April 1928.

In this photograph, which is the fifth in a series of six documenting the event, Kodak Australasia chief managing director Thomas Baker and two men are shown with four bricks positioned on the ground. It is likely that these two men each laid a brick, the third and fourth bricks to be laid in the ceremonial event.

Left to right: Alfred Shaw, unknown, Thomas Baker.

Thomas Baker was a pioneer of photographic manufacturing in Australasia. He was the founder of the Austral Laboratory, and then Baker & Rouse, which merged into Kodak Australasia in 1908. Baker remained a director of Kodak Australasia and was an indispensable technical director of manufacturing until his death in 1928.

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

Three men in suits, the two at right wearing hats, standing on the footings of a new building that is being constructed. There are timber supports and string set up around the footings. A fence is in the background. Four bricks are laid on the ground in the corner.

Physical Description

Black and white landscape format print with white border.

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