Black and white photograph of a man taking a photograph of factories and other buildings in Abbotsford while the Yarra River is in flood, December 1934.

According to an inscription on it, this image was possibly taken from the Boulevard at Studley Park. However, the perspective seems to be that the photographer was standing on the eastern bank of the river, where Dickinson Reserve now is, looking west towards Abbotsford. This is where the river is flowing in a north-south direction, in a bend between two arms of the river flowing west-east.

The Yarra River was prone to flooding, and despite major works designed to manage water flow in the 1920s, the river still experienced a major flood in December 1934. Such floods caused damage to the local factories and potentially washed away into the river some of the materials and chemicals that were used in the factory manufacturing processes.

This image was donated by the family of Ian 'Charlie' Yelland, who worked for Kodak Australasia Emulsion Department for 46 years, retiring in 1978.

This image complements the Kodak Heritage 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.

Description of Content

Man standing in tall grass holding a camera and taking a photograph of the flooded Yarra River and submerged buildings in Abbotsford. Houses and buildings can be seen in the background.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph, landscape orientation with white border.

More Information