Kodak Brownie Flash II box camera produced by Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd at Abbotsford in the late 1950s.

The Brownie Flash II camera model was originally designed and built by Kodak Limited, England and was imported to the Australasia region. However, in 1957 Kodak Australasia began to assemble this camera at its Abbotsford factory from parts imported from England, making the Brownie Flash II the first Kodak camera model to be assembled in Australia.

This camera was designed for flash photography and has contacts for attaching the Brownie 'flasholder'. It has a 'Kodet' fixed lens which required no focusing, but the camera also included a built-in close-up lens that could be selected. It took 5 cm x 8 cm images and used 120/620 film, which allowed 8 pictures. The camera has two view finders, one on the top and one on the side, and this particular example is housed in its original box.

This object 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.

Physical Description

Small box camera with fixed lens and two view finders. Camera body is black with its front face featuring grey stripes on silver with red and black text.

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