Black and white silver gelatin photograph, view looking south along the road between Building 12, Trade Workshops, to the left and Building 13, Paper Finishing (unsighted). to the right, Kodak factory, Coburg, July 1960.
This streetscape features the north and west faces of Building 12. Occupying the north-west corner, from right to left, there was the Machine Workshop, Electrical Workshop, tea rooms and toilet facilities, and the Plumbing and Sheet Metal Workshop. Occupying the north-east corner was the Carpentry Workshop. Entrances to the two workshops at the north end were provided from the road and a loading platform. The slope of the land allowed for a basement area at the north end which was used for the storage of very large engineering items. It was also used by the gardening staff to store their equipment with access directly from the roadway. At this stage, while the building had been completed, staff and equipment were being moved from the Abbotsford site and temporary sheds on the Coburg site into their respective workshops.
Approximately one hundred and sixty tradesmen were spread throughout the central construction workshops in Building 12 and field maintenance workshops located in the major manufacturing departments. They ranged across many trades such as toolmakers, machinists, fitters, carpenters, plumbers, sheet metal workers, electricians and instrument makers. They formed part of the Engineering Division at the Coburg Plant which provided a wide range of services to the factory site including design, construction and maintenance of equipment used in the factory (including general plant and specialised equipment peculiar to the photographic industry). operation of the Power House and silver recovery departments, as well as general cleaning and gardening of the site.
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 after the manufacturing plant at Coburg had closed down the year before.
Description of Content
In the foreground of the image is an area of cleared land. Mid-ground is a one storey building with basement area. The corner elevation reveals an open area beneath the building. Two men are visible in this section.The right side of the building features windows and two fire escapes.
Black and white silver gelatin photograph printed on light weight paper with holes punched along the left edge, landscape format.
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Ms. Kate Metcalf - Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Place & Date Depicted
Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Elizabeth Street, Coburg, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Jul 1960
The date stamp on the back of the print is the date when the print was made, not necessarily when the photograph was taken.
Photograph, Black & White
Front, text, typed: 'MAINTENANCE BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION' Back stamp: '29 JUL 1960/KODAK ABBOTSFORD/TESTING DEPARTMENT PHOTOGRAPH/Reference No./60113'
Type of item
253 mm (Width), 202 mm (Height)