Summary

Colour photograph of former Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd's Abbotsford factory building on Southampton Crescent, taken from the opposite side of the road, February 1982. The building shows the new occupying company, Finlau.

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 1980s.

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.

Description of Content

A five storey cream coloured brick and cement building with louvered windows that follows along a curved street. A sign reading 'Finlau' is positioned over the entranceway and also appears on a tall chimney or extension on the roof of the building. A few men are visible out the front and a car is parked across the road. A fire hydrant is outside the entrance.

Physical Description

A colour portrait format photograph printed on Kodak photo paper.

Significance

This item, showing the site of the former Kodak factory in Abbotsford, enhances our understanding of the changing nature of the photographic manufacturing in Melbourne, and also traces the changes in industrial sites in inner Melbourne over the twentieth century. This is an important theme for Melbourne, where de-industrialisation has changed the shape and culture of the city in a multitude of ways since the decline of local industry in the late-twentieth century. That Kodak staff took this photograph of its former premises twenty years after it relocated, shows that the company was also interested in its heritage.

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