Summary

Booklet issued by Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, for attendees of Kodak's Industrial Mobilisation Course held at Kodak's Coburg factory on 12 August 1969.

This booklet outlines applications of the photographic industry for the Defence Force and how military mobilisation would affect Kodak's manufacturing practices. It details the history of Kodak, and outlines its current (as of August 1969) administration and manufacturing processes, using colour photographs to illustrate the various activities and sites at the Coburg factory.

A name tag for Nigel Beale, manager of Kodak Australasia's Emulsion Department, was donated with this booklet, suggesting that he attended this particular mobilisation course.

The factory in Coburg was the only factory in the southern hemisphere making photographic films, papers and cameras at this time. The company employeed over 3,000 men and women, with over half of them involved in manufacturing and processing.

This item is part of a collection of research material and artefacts assembled by former Kodak Australasia employee Nigel Beale while he was writing Kodak's company history in the 1980's.

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, educational, defence, scientific and graphic art professionals who used photography, x-ray and other imaging techniques.

Physical Description

12 page booklet with a yellow card cover with a white sticker in the top right corner with black type, and white plastic comb binding. Original colour photographs are inserted in various places of the text, adhered to the pages. Pages are printed with text only on one side.

Significance

This item enhances our understanding of photographic manufacturing and retailing in Australia, specifically highlighting Kodak's role in preparing for war, its application to military uses, and managing the photographic industry during such an event. This item also provides a valuable history of Kodak in Australia, as it had unfolded up until 1969.

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