Summary

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

This photograph shows the Yarra River in flood in 1934. Taken from a high angled position, the image is framed either side by buildings. The photograph shows the impact of the flood on the Kodak factory. In the centre of the image are low lying buildings made from timber and aluminium sheeting. There are men crouched and standing on one of the buildings looking out at the Yarra River and the view across to the opposite bank. In the foreground, trees and fences are submerged.

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 river in flood and factory buildings partly submerged in the water. The image is taken from a high position, probably a window and is framed to the left and right by two brick buildings. On one of the buildings in the mid-ground, are five men crouched and standing. The image shows the opposite bank of the river, featuring a sloping area of grass and trees. In the foreground, trees and fences are submerged by the rising water.

Physical Description

Black and white gelatin photograph, printed on light weight paper, portrait format with a white border.

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