Summary

Black and white silver gelatin photograph taken in the ceiling space of Building 5 Sheet Film, shows the progress of the building construction, Kodak factory, Coburg, January 1958.

Building 5 was typical of the structural style used in many of the manufacturing buildings throughout the complex, that is, single-storey, low profile, encased steel columns and steel trussed roofs with brick outer walls allowing large open spaced interiors with air-conditioning and other local services installed in the central ceiling space. This meant that any internal walls and divisions were light weight and non-load-bearing and could easily be altered to match changes to manufacturing requirements.

In this view of the ceiling space, a building worker can be seen applying a black bituminous liquid to the back of the solid plaster ceiling of a cool room to act as a vapour barrier between the plaster ceiling and insulation which will be added later. To ensure continuity of supply and allow samples to be tested, cool rooms were needed in both Buildings 4 & 5 to store the sensitised rolls which were delivered from batch coating operations. Main steel roof trusses and wide timber ceiling beams are clearly visible along with temporary timber planking for the builders to move safely about the work area. Timber beams supported on the roof trusses were used in the ceiling where heavy equipment, such as air conditioning units, were to be installed.

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

Image of a view in the ceiling space where a man can be seen applying a liquid material to the top of the ceiling above a cool room and between the timber beams which are supported by the main steel roof trusses.

Physical Description

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

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