Photograph depicting the Kodak Australasia factory in Abbotsford, when the Yarra River was in flood. At the same time there was a fire in the Silver Nitrate Building, not visible in this photograph.

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 November 1934 and again in July 1952. Such floods caused damage to the Kodak factory and potentially washed away into the river some of the materials and chemicals that were used in the manufacturing process.

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

Flooded river with factories and many industrial chimneys in the background. Trees are in the foreground. The water seems to be rushing fast.

Physical Description

Digital file. Original photograph was a monochrome copy, landscape orientation.

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