Summary

Black and white silver gelatin photograph, Building 12A, Engineering, under construction. View facing west-south-west from Building 11, Power House, cooling tower platform, Kodak factory, Coburg, circa 1961.

Imaged in this view of the east end of the building is the manager's office above the plant room to the left; the main entrance and staircase in the middle, and the staff amenities on both floors to the right. The reinforced concrete structure and roof appears to have been completed, with the brick in-fill wall construction under way. Although many of the engineering staff worked between both the Abbotsford and Coburg sites during this period, a temporary engineering office was set up in Building 3, Emulsion Coating, to supervise the installation of production equipment in the first manufacturing buildings.

Approximately sixty professional engineers and draftspeople, mainly in the electrical and mechanical engineering fields, formed part of the Engineering Division at the Coburg Plant. They provided a wide range of services to the Coburg and interstate sites including design, construction and maintenance of equipment used in the factory, photolabs and offices. They also serviced the operation of the Power House, Silver Recovery and Cameras Reels and Sundries Departments, as well as general cleaning and gardening of the site. At this time the majority of staff came with mechanical or electrical drafting backgrounds, or with certificated trade backgrounds, but after 1965 the majority of new staff came with tertiary engineering qualifications.

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

View of building under construction taken from a height. In the foreground, running horizontally is a steel framework with pipes. On the ground level there are building materials such as bricks and timber. The aluminium sheeting of the roof is visible. The internal structure of the building is also visible, as outer walls are still to be constructed. To the right at ground level, there is further building materials. To the left, running along the length of the building and into the distance, is a continuation of the steel framework and pipes. In the far distance is an open field and suburban housing.

Physical Description

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

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