Summary

Black and white photograph of two Kodak employees rowing a small dinghy between buildings during the flood at the Kodak Australasia factory in Abbotsford, Victoria, 1934.

Kodak plumbing foreman Jim Myers is in the front of the boat and 'Al' is in the back. The silver recovery tank can be seen at right with a building further to its right. A submerged fenceline can be glimpsed beyond the men.The men are most likely on an inspection of the tank and surrounding buildings.

The Yarra River was prone to flooding, and despite major works designed to manage water flow in the 1920s, the river still experienced a major flood in November 1934. Such floods caused damage to the Kodak factory and potentially washed away into the river some of the materials and chemicals that were used in the manufacturing process.

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

Description of Content

Two men in small dinghy, each with an oar. Man in front wears overalls and white shirt. Man in back wears a suit or dark overalls. Hill in background. Large tank and buildings at right.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph, landscape format, with white border.

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