Summary

Kodak Archive
Series 7 - 'Shares and Shareholders'

Share certificate book containing 250 share certificates numbered 251 to 500 for 'Australian Kodak Limited', a company created through the merger of 'Eastman Kodak Company' and 'Baker & Rouse' in 1908. The final 49,900 of the 150,000 original allocations of shares for Australian Kodak Limited were issued in 1908 from this book, and subsequent transfers until the end of 1910. The stubs name Directors Thomas Baker and John Joseph Rouse, their family members (Anna Rouse, Baker's wife Alice Baker and her relatives Eleanor and Alfred Shaw) and 'Eastman Kodak Company' as sole recipients of these original shares, and many employees as recipients of transfers.

The book shows the movement of ownership of the company's shares (valued at £1 each) over time through the transfer of certificates. Share certificates 251 to 490 have been torn out leaving behind the stub. Pages 491 to 499 are blank. Certificate 500 has been torn out and sent to the stock exchange. Approximately 80% of certificates have been adhered back into the share book and stamped as cancelled. These certificates are split into either smaller shares or transferred to new holders and adhered to either their original stub or the stub of a new certificate.

This document belongs to the 'Shares and Shareholders' series which consists of share registers, share certificates, correspondence and shareholder lists, ranging in dates from 1908 to 1998. It is part of the Kodak Heritage Collection of products, promotional materials, photographs and working life artefacts collected from Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd in 2005, when the Melbourne manufacturing plant at Coburg closed down.

Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd 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.

Physical Description

Book with grey-green cardboard covers and burgundy leatherette binding. The front cover shows a handwritten number '2' enclosed by a circle. On the lower right corner of the cover's inside is a printers red and white circular 29-point star sticker with a number handwritten in the centre. Pages are perforated between stub and certifcate and certificate numbers 251 to 490 have been removed with inscribed stubs remaining. Certificate numbers 491 to 499 are blank. Final certificate 500 was removed and sent to the stock exchange. Approximately 80% of certificates have been adhered back into the share book. Certificates and stubs are printed in navy blue ink and certificate numbers stamped in black ink (as part of the original creation of the ledger). Cancelled certificates are also embossed with a stamp, stamped with a purple 'CANCELLED' stamp 0 to 3 times and hole-punched 'CANCELLED' 1 to 5 times. A few certificates have an additional handwritten 'Cancelled' in red or black ink. All other handwritten text is in black ink. Additions include approximately 20 receipts for certificates adhered to stubs, 10 stamps and 1 letter adhered to stub 457 giving authorisation to the bearer to retrieve a certificate.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Kodak Heritage Collection, Kodak Archive Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Images & Image Making, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Ms. Kate Metcalf - Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005

  • Acknowledgement

    Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.

  • User

    Australian Kodak Ltd, Abbotsford, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908 - 1910
    Dates occurring in the share certificate book range from 07/08/1908 to 14/12/1910.

  • Signed By

    Mr Thomas Baker - Austral Plate Company, Abbotsford, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908 - 1910
    Recipient of 5,800 original shares, giving Baker a total of 45,800 of the original 150,000 shares. Transfers of certificates to and from other holders in this book leave Baker with 42,570 at the end of 1910. Signature on every certificate as the 'Director' and additional initials 'TB' on every stub.

  • Signed By

    Mr John J. Rouse - Baker & Rouse Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Melbourne, Australia, Abbotsford, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908 - 1910
    Recipient of 4,750 original shares, giving Rouse a total of 14,750 of the original 150,000 shares. Transfers of certificates to and from other holders in this book leave Rouse with 12,775 at the end of 1910.

  • Organisation Named

    Eastman Kodak Company, 1908
    Recipient of 25,100 original shares, giving Baker a total of 75,100 of the original 150,000 shares.

  • Signed By

    Mr Alfred C. Shaw - Australian Kodak Limited, Abbotsford, Abbotsford, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908 - 1910
    Initials 'ACS' on stubs 251 to 380 and signature on all certificates as the 'Secretary'. Recipient of 500 of 150,000 original shares and 200 transferred shares to give a total of 700 by the end of 1910.

  • Signed By

    Miss Eleanor M. Shaw, 1908
    Recipient of 5,900 of 150,000 original shares and transfers of certificates to other holders in this book leave Shaw with 5,825 at the end of 1910.

  • Signed By

    Mrs Alice Baker - Baker & Rouse Pty Ltd, 1908
    Recipient of 5,100 of 150,000 original shares.

  • Signed By

    Mr Fred E. Manning - Kodak (Australasia) Pty. Ltd., 1908
    Recipient of 250 transferred shares.

  • Signed By

    Mr John Sutherland - Kodak (Australasia) Pty. Ltd., Abbotsford, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908 - 1910
    Recipient of 100 transferred shares. Additional witness signatures for many transfers.

  • Signed By

    Mr H C. Slocombe - Kodak (Australasia) Ltd, 1908
    Recipient of 200 transferred shares.

  • Signed By

    Mr Bertie G. Bell - Kodak (Australasia) Limited, Abbotsford, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908
    Recipient of 200 transferred shares. Holding 150 shares in trust for Ada Lillian Florence Adelaide Bell.

  • Signed By

    Mr H H. Wight - Kodak (Australasia) Limited, 1908 - 1910
    Recipient of 450 transferred shares.

  • Signed By

    Mr F Muirhead - Kodak (Australasia) Limited, 1908
    Recipient of 125 transferred shares.

  • Inscriptions

    Front cover, upper left, handwritten, grey lead pencil: '2' Inside front cover, lower right, printed white on red background & handwritten black ink: 'ATLAS PRESS / PRINTERS / No. F8186. / STATIONERS / MELBOURNE' First stub, middle, printed navy blue, stamped & handwritten black ink: 'Australian Kodak Limited. / Baker + Rouse / Transf from T. Baker / ..... / T. B Certificate No. 376 ACS / One hundred (100) Shares / Numbered from 55551 to 55650 / T. B / .....' Final stub, middle, hand written black ink, date stamped purple ink: 'Sent to Stock Exchange / as specimen of scrip / certificate. JUN 21 1909 / T. Baker' Every certificate, front vertical left, printed, navy blue ink: [inscription inside rectangle surrounded by ca. 200 miniature windmill sails] 'Australian Kodak Limited.' Every inscribed certificate, stamped, purple ink: 'CANCELLED' Every inscribed certificate, hole-punched: 'CANCELLED' Every inscribed certificate, front top right, embossed: [inner circle] 'AUSTRAL KODAK' [between inner and outer circle] 'AUSTRALIAN KODAK LIMITED / ABBOTSFORD MELBOURNE 1908'. Certificate 376, front middle, printed navy blue ink, stamped & handwritten black ink: 'Certificate No. 376 100 Shares / AUSTRALIAN KODAK LIMITED / Incorporated under "The Companies' Act, 1890." / CAPITAL: £150,000 IN 150,000 SHARES OF £1 EACH / Share Certificate / This is to Certify that Baker + Rouse / of Melbourne is the holder of One hundred (100) / Shares numbered 55551 to 55650 in Australian Kodak Limited, subject / to the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the said Company which Shares are fully paid up. / Given under the Common Seal of the Company this Fourth / day of November One thousand nine hundred and eight / Thomas. Baker Director Alfred C Shaw Secretary. / Registered Office and Works: Southampton Crescent, Abbotsford, Melbourne. / Branches at Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane & New Zealand. / Allied Companies at / Rochester, New York, London, Paris, Lyons, Nice, Berlin, Brussels, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Milan.' Certificate 376, back middle, printed navy blue ink, handwritten black ink: 'TRANSFER / I, Baker + Rouse of Melbourne / (hereinafter called the Transferror) in consideration of the sum of ..... Pounds / paid to me by A J Thompson of Sydney / (hereinafter called the Transferee) do hereby transfer to the transferee the One hundred Share / [or Shares] numbered 55551 to 55650 standing in my name in the books of / Australian Kodak Limited to hold unto the Transferee, his executors, administrators, and assigns, / subject to the several conditions upon which I held the same at the time of the execution hereof. And I, the / said Transferee, agree to take said Share [or Shares] subject to the same conditions. / As witness our hands this Seventeenth day of November / One thousand nine hundred and eight / Signed by the Transferee in the presence of J Sutherland } A J Thompson / Signed by the Transferror in the presence of J Sutherland } Baker + Rouse / Atlas Press, Melb' Receipt for Certificate 388, middle, printed & handwritten black ink: 'Received from Australian Kodak Limited scrip for 150 shares / numbered 54551 to 54700 in the name of H. H. Wight / Certificate Nos. 388. / H H Wight / 4/12/08.'

  • Classification

    Manufacturing & industry, Photographic products, Business archives

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Technology

  • Type of item

    Document

  • Overall Dimensions

    390 mm (Width), 35 mm (Depth), 158 mm (Height)

  • Keywords

    Manufacturing, Industry, Business Records, Accounting, Shareholders, Shares