This is an early and now rare example of a Baker & Rouse Pty Ltd camera, dating from 1897-1908. The model is an Austral No 1A Film & Plate Camera. It is likely to have been made by another company - imported from England and re-badged by Baker & Rouse.
Box camera with spring mounted metal film/plate holder. Film or plate size was approximatley 3 x 4 inch. The camera has a very basic lens system with an f-stop wheel in front of the lens and a feet measurement lever to determine focus.
This object 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.
Box camera covered in black leather with spring mounted metal film/plate holder. There is a narrow leather handle on to of the camera and various dials and levers around the camera.
Baker & Rouse Pty Ltd, Southampton Crescent, Abbotsford, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1897 - 1908
This is the date range for when Baker & Rouse were a company (1897 - 1908). Baker & Rouse Pty Ltd, 'Film & Plate Camera Austral No 1', circa 1897 - 1908.
On a small white circle on the front of the camera above the lens, written in balck text: Film & Plate Camera / Austral / No 1A Below the lens on a small metal plate: BAKER & ROUSE PTY LTD / AUSTRALIA
Type of item
118.5 mm (Length), 100 mm (Width), 115.5 mm (Height)