Black and white silver gelatin photograph depicting the construction of the ceiling space of Building 5 Sheet Film, 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, the main triangular steel roof trusses run across the width of the building with the fixed height longitudinal steel trusses highlighted here, running the length of the building. In the centre of the photo, a glimpse of of the steel ceiling beams (with solid plaster on perforated steel backing tied to the beams) and services piping (being assembled with roller supports) can be seen running the length of the building. Timber flooring (not shown here) was added later on top of the ceiling beams and along the length of the building to allow easy access to equipment installed in the ceiling. As shown in the foreground, wide timber beams were used for the ceilings 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 steel roof trusses going across and down the length of the ceiling space under construction, along with steel and timber beams and pipework.

Physical Description

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

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