Black and white, silver gelatin photograph of an interior of the Kodak Australasia factory at Abbotsford, Victoria, after a fire in the Silver Nitrate building, 1952.

The Abbotsford factory was initially the site of the Austral Plate Company, created by Thomas Baker, a pharmaceutical chemist, in 1884. After Baker went into partnership with accountant, John Rouse, to develop the photographic manufacturing company, Baker and Rouse Pty Ltd, they proposed a merger with Eastman Kodak in 1907. In 1908, Australian Kodak Limited was formed and evolved to become what is known today as Kodak Australasia. The Abbotsford site remained the base for the operations of Kodak Australasia until the late 1950s.

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, when the Melbourne manufacturing plant at Coburg closed down.

Description of Content

An interior view of a room in the factory that has been damaged by fire. Four men wearing overalls, gloves and white caps are inspecting the area. The wooden beams are charred and the walls, benches and vats have a silvery, blistered appearance in the photograph.

Physical Description

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

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