Photograph of male Hecla employees working with sheet metal, possibly at Hecla's South Yarra premises in Chapel Street, Melbourne.

The factory room is spacious with a high ceiling. Heavy wooden benches are stationed in rows along the room to form assembly lines. Partially completed electric safety kettles and water heaters are visible on some benches. Lighting is provided by skylights set into the corrugated iron roof. Banks of windows along the long sides of the building also provide light as well as ventilation.

This photograph is from an album containing 255 black and white photographs depicting electrical appliances, showroom displays, factory interiors and advertising material relating to Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd. It is part of the Hecla collection of photographs, documents, products, manuals and promotional materials from the Hecla Electrics factories in Melbourne. This collection dates from the late 19th century to the late 20th century and was acquired in 2004 from the current owner of the Hecla Electrics brand.

Hecla Electrics manufactured and distributed a wide range of domestic and commercial electric appliances products to Australasia, such as heaters, kettles, toasters, stoves and water heaters. Its client base included households, commercial businesses such as cafés, hospitals and offices, as well as the military. The company promoted its goods through advertisements in home magazines and displays in shop windows, home shows and the 1935 All-Electricity Exhibition. Hecla Electrics became a household name in Melbourne during the 1920s and remained a popular Australian brand until the late 20th century.'

Description of Content

Sheet metal factory workers at Hecla's South Yarra premises. The factory floor is spacious with wide areas between the wooden benches. Heavy machinery is visible in the background of the image.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph with white border. It is adhered with sticky tape at each corner to a buff paper backing.

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