Photograph of Thomas and Alice Baker's home, 'Manyung', in Mornington, 1920s.
This image possibly was taken during a Kodak conference, which Thomas Baker sometimes hosted at Manyung, for example in June 1921 and June 1925. It is quite possible that this photograph depicts the 1921 conference as some of the images are very similar to those taken of that event and reproduced in the Australasian Photo-Review in August 1921 pp.410-411.
It is possible that Mr F M Calcutt, Chief Engineer of Signals with Victorian Railways, was visiting the Bakers at Manyung when this was taken, but it is not yet clear if that was the case.
Originally part of a larger group of photographs housed inside a Kodak branded envelope addressed to a Miss H. Calcutt. Miss Calcutt wrote on the envelope that the photographs were taken by her father F.M. Calcutt who was the Chief Engineer of Signals with Victorian Railways. The envelope has been postmarked 7th of May 1976, but all of the images date from before that, possibly even to the late nineteenth century. It is unclear which of the photographs inside the envelope the inscription refers to.
This photograph 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 closed down.
Description of Content
Multi-storey building with italianate tower, surrounded by landscaped gardens - including a fountain. Two men stand in the front of the house, a third man is in the background on the right.
Sepia photograph with white border. Landscape orientation.
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Ms. Kate Metcalf - Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Place & Date Depicted
Mornington, Victoria, Australia, 1919 - 1928
The Bakers purchased Manyung in 1919 and Thomas Baker died in 1928. The property was kept by Alice Baker and Eleanor Shaw but this photograph is thought to have been taken during the 1920s.
Photograph, Black & White
Type of item
142 mm (Width), 85 mm (Height)