Exterior of a 1950s office building at night

Kodak Snapshots

120 Years of Manufacturing in Australia

Between 1884 and 2004, Kodak and its local predecessors manufactured and marketed photographic products to the Australasian region. This digital showcase provides a snapshot of that 120 year history, told through Museums Victoria's Kodak Heritage Collection.

About the Project

This digital showcase is the culmination of many years of work by Museums Victoria in partnership with Kodak Australasia and the former Kodak staff community.

Museums Victoria collaborated closely with Kodak Australasia when the Kodak factory closed down in 2004, to acquire the Kodak corporate collection and ensure that the company history was preserved. We have also relied on the technical expertise and company knowledge of former staff in the 17 years since, to document the collection accurately and give it meaning.

This project was made possible by the generous support of Kodak Australasia and the Baker Foundation.

We would like to thank the many individuals who have generously shared their Kodak knowledge with us. We continue to be inspired by their enthusiasm about the significance of the Kodak Australasia story and their commitment to preserve Kodak’s history.

They include Kodak Australasia executives who managed the Kodak collection acquisition process, former Kodak staff who have donated collection items and contributed their memories of their working lives, Baker Institute archives and communications staff who gave access to the Thomas Baker archives, and many volunteers and students who have assisted in documenting the collection. We also appreciate the many hours of work that staff across Museums Victoria have contributed to the project.

Thomas Baker’s legacy lives on at Museums Victoria. His legacy also lives on at the Baker Institute in Melbourne, which Thomas, his wife Alice and his sister-in-law Eleanor Shaw founded in the 1920s, to fund medical research.

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Museums Victoria has experts who can provide comment on the Kodak Heritage Collection, the history of Kodak in Australasia, and the history of photography more generally. Media enquiries and requests for expert comment should be directed to the Media and Communications team.

Banner image credit

Exterior View of Building 8, Coburg, 1965. Source: Museums Victoria (MM 95939). Photographer: Wolfgang Sievers.

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