Black and white silver gelatin photograph, view looking north-west from waste ground along Elizabeth Street towards Building 9, Amenities, Kodak factory, Coburg, July 1960
The two-storied Building 9 consisted of a steel reinforced concrete structure forming the basement and ground floors with steel framed and brick walled structures for the above ground level features. The natural slope of the land allowed for direct external access to the building from ground level on the west and north faces, and from a lower ground level on the south and east faces. In this view, the reinforced concrete ground floor pour was about half completed above the finished basement floor.
When completed Building 9 housed the Canteen Services Centre on the ground floor, and a large open space room with parquetry dance floor and small stage which was normally set up with chairs and tables as the Canteen, a senior staff dining room, a visitors dining room, a small convenience shop and washroom facilities. The basement floor housed an employees' shop of company products at discounted prices, a small cinema room, a branch of the NAB, Camera Club rooms, washroom facilities, and later a credit union office.
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 construction site. In the foreground is cleared undulating land with dirt mounds and pools of muddy water. In the mid-ground, a building is under construction and to the rear of this is a multi-storey brick building. Two mobile cranes are positioned at the site with workers. To the right, behind the worker's huts, is a gantry system.
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: 'CANTEEN IN EARLY STAGES OF CONSTRUCTION' Back, stamp: '29 JUL 1960/KODAK ABBOTSFORD/TESTING DEPARTMENT PHOTOGRAPH/Reference No./60126'
Type of item
253 mm (Width), 202 mm (Height)