Summary

Black and white silver gelatin photograph, view angled down and north-west from the roof of Electricity Sub-Station #2 of Building 2, Emulsion Making (right), and Building 3, Emulsion Coating (left), under construction, Kodak factory, Coburg, June1958.

Building 2 consisted of a special purpose built four-storey steel reinforced concrete and brick walled structure, connected to single-storey east and west wings. In this view, construction of the multi-storey section has proceeded to the first floor level, with columns to the second level. This multi-storey building eventually housed all of the emulsion making systems which fed the coating machine. It was connected to Building 3 with a flyover at the third floor level. In this view, the ground retaining wall, structural columns and roof trusses are all in place, and the roof appears to have been completed with timber purlins and corrugated aluminium sheeting.

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

This is a view of a construction site looking north-west and angled downwards. The images features a multi-storey steel reinforced concrete structure to the right of the roadway, with its single-storey east and west wings. Construction has proceeded to the first floor level with columns to the second floor level. Several building workers can be seen preparing formwork for the second floor, and various activities on the ground with the help of a fixed jib crane and a tower hoist. Similar construction activities can be seen around the building to the left of the roadway.

Physical Description

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

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