Summary

Black and white silver gelatin photograph of the Kodak Football Team, Kodak Australasia, Abbotsford, Victoria, circa 1908. They are standing in front of a members only stand, as identified in MM 138222.

Top left, standing in the back row of the photograph is Jack Lewis (with moustache) and to his left, Lewis Lewis.

The Abbotsford factory was initially the site of the Austral Plate Company, created by Thomas Baker, a pharmaceutical chemist, in 1884. After Baker went into partnership with accountant, John Rouse, to develop the photographic manufacturing company, Baker and Rouse Pty Ltd, they proposed a merger with Eastman Kodak in 1907. In 1908, Australian Kodak Limited was formed and evolved to become what is known today as Kodak Australasia. The Abbotsford site remained the base for the operations of Kodak Australasia until the late 1950s.

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

Group portrait of sixteen men wearing Kodak football jumpers and white shorts. In the front row, four men are seated, in the second row are seated five men and standing in the back row are seven men with their hands behind their backs. The group is posed in front of a wooden building.

Physical Description

Black and white, silver gelatin photograph printed on medium weight paper, landscape format.

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