Black and white silver gelatin sepia toned photograph of the Kodak Australasia factory in Abbotsford, Victoria, 1934.

This photograph is an aerial view of the Yarra River in flood in about 1934. At left, the Kodak Powerhouse with its chimney can be seen amidst a group of Kodak factory buildings. The Powerhouse provided all of the power and refrigeration for the factory. The fence line where the Kodak factory property ended along the Yarra River, is partially visible. In the distance, suburban Melbourne can be seen. The Yarra River was prone to flooding, and despite major works designed to manage water flow in the 1920s, the river still experienced a major flood in November 1934. Such floods caused damage to the Kodak factory and potentially washed away into the river some of the materials and chemicals that were used in the manufacturing process.

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 shows a flooded landscape, with trees partially submerged in the foreground of the image and in the background are factory buildings, also partially submerged. One large chimney to the left of the image, stands prominently. To the rear of this is a multi-storeyed brick building. The lower lying buildings to the side of the chimney and mid-ground in the image, are the most obscured by the water level. The fence line along the river is mostly submerged. Trees and part of the bank of the river are partially visible in the foreground.

Physical Description

Black and white, sepia toned, silver gelatin photograph, printed on light weight paper, landscape format with a white border.

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