Black and white silver gelatin photograph of the Kodak Australasia factory site and gardens in Abbotsford, Victoria, circa 1940s.
The photograph features four women staff members standing in pairs in the gardens of the factory, surrounded by garden beds and mature trees near the 'Yarra Grange' house. One pair are on a path in the background near the tennis courts and the other pair are looking at a garden bed in the foreground. This area was close to the canteen and was where staff took their breaks.
Yarra Grange was originally the home of Thomas Baker. In 1884 he established the Austral Plate Company on this site, where he made photographic plates.This company was later owned by Thomas Baker and John Rouse in 1894, under the partnership name Baker and Rouse. In the first decade of the 20th century the company and factory site was bought and operated by Kodak. In the late 1950s Kodak moved from Abbotsford to a new factory site at Coburg on the northern outskirts of Melbourne.
Kodak manufactured and distributed a wide range of photographic products to Australasia, such as film, paper, chemicals, cameras and miscellaneous equipment. Its client base included amateur and professional photographers, as well as specialist medical and graphic art professionals who used photography, x-ray and other imaging techniques.
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 at Coburg closed down.
Description of Content
The photograph features four women staff members standing in pairs in the gardens of a factory site. One pair of women are on a path in the background and the other pair are looking at a garden bed in the foreground. Tennis courts are in the background.
Black and white silver gelatin photograph, printed on light weight paper, landscape format with white border.
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Ms. Kate Metcalf - Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Place & Date Depicted
Photograph, Black & White
Back, handwritten, pencil: 'Gardens around "Yarra Grange" / date unknown early 40's'
Type of item
128 mm (Width), 96 mm (Height)