Summary

Annual Report for the Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd Research Laboratory, for the balance-sheet year ending 30 September 1964.

This report is comprised of a copy of a typed manuscript which contains diagrams of the laboratory floorplan and a copy of a letter from N. Lewis to the Australian Journal of Science, as well as a typed draft report with pencil annotations and floorplan diagrams. It discusses the development of the laboratory when the company moved from Abbotsford to Coburg in 1963. Staffing and facilities are discussed, as well as the focus of the work of the laboratory.

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

Bundle of documents attached with paper clips, and some individual papers are stapled together. The main report in this bundle of documents is a photo-stat copy of a typed report, with 2 pages of diagrams and a letter attached. There is also a draft report attached, which is an original typed report with pencil annotations, and copies of diagrams, outline of floorspace, and listing of staff numbers and categories.

Significance

This item enhances our understanding of photographic manufacturing and retailing in Australia, and specifically highlights Kodak's important research laboratory work, which was key to some of Kodak's Australian success by developing local innovations.

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