Summary

Black and white, silver gelatin photograph of the official opening of the Kodak factory complex at Coburg, 14 April 1961.

Prime Minister Robert Menzies is standing on a roof area viewing the Kodak factory complex from a high vantage point with a group of Kodak executives. Standing next to Menzies and pointing in the distance is General Manager of Manufacturing,Stuart Sanderson. Standing in the foreground is Fred Manning, manager of various Kodak branches since 1937. Behind Manning and Sanderson, is W. Stoodley.

Construction of the Kodak factory complex in Coburg began in 1957 on 23 hectares of former farmland. Since 1908, Kodak had been operating from the factory in Abbotsford and had gradually outgrown the premises. The Abbotsford factory remained operational while the Coburg plant was being built until it closed in1966. Architect Harry Norris of H A & F L Norris & Associates, created the design for the new factory and individual buildings for the manufacture of silver halide photographic products. The building contract was awarded to Lewis Constructions Pty Ltd. The still uncompleted complex was officially opened on 14 April 1961 by the Prime Minister, Robert G. Menzies with Dr. A Chapman, President of Eastman Kodak Company, in attendance. The complex was the national headquarters of Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd.

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

Six men are standing on a roof area of a building, overlooking a factory complex in the process of being developed. Prime Minister Robert Menzies is leaning on the parapet while the man standing beside him is pointing to something in the distance, outside of the picture frame. Pipes running horizontally along steel scaffolding structures feature to the left of the image. Suburban housing can be seen in the distance.

Physical Description

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

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