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The  Australian Jam Factory AJC Circa 1950 by Tom Newman

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This is an historical photo, B&W 35mm taken by me in 1950. The scene is The Jam Factory, Garden Street on the left hand side looking toward Chapel Street South Yarra, Victoria, Australia. The men are having a “smoko” at the entrance , I was employed at the factory as an Electrical Apprentice.

The Jam Factory or the AJC has now been converted into an upmarket shopping centre retaining the name of “The Jam Factory”
For more of the story see:

The Label Collection
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Contaflex 35mm camera
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I began my photographic hobby at the age of 12, developing and printing 120, 620 &35mm B&W, forever learning and refining the fascinating art of photography. Now at 78 I still continue with increased enjoyment using digital medium – and still learning.
My favourite places for photography are the Melbourne Zoos . These are the Melbourne Zoo , the Healesville Sanctuary and the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
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  • Kathryn Potempski
    Kathryn Potempskiover 7 years ago

    What memories Tom,I wonder if the young man on the left is still with us ?

  • Lisa  Kenny
    Lisa Kennyover 7 years ago

    I’m glad people have old photos like this ~ I worry that with digital, people aren’t printing photos as they used to and in years to come all the photos will be hidden away on hard drives.
    Well done Tom!

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanover 7 years ago

    Memories indeed Kathryn , hopefully the man on the left is still with us, it is possible. He could have been an immigrant required to work for two years at the factory as directed by the " refugee" program of the day. The majority of the workers were immigrants . I recall meeting an Hungarian university graduate PhD in science pushing a trolley of fruit pulp through the factory. It was fascinating to me how he must have felt not being able to use his scientific skills but grateful to get away from the trauma of the war in Europe. :-)

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanover 7 years ago

    Thanks Lisa, it is interesting to conjecture what the future will bring with the storage and viewing of digital photos but at least they will not fade like the photos of old. :-)

  • lex7
    lex7about 7 years ago

    What a fantastic shot.. great black and white.. really well done.

  • maka1967
    maka1967about 7 years ago

    valuable memories. thanks for sharing your story of the past!

  • maka1967
    maka1967about 7 years ago

    love the warm feeling in the photo.

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyabout 6 years ago

    wow you took that so long ago.. fantastic Tom!

  • Thanks Elaine , how time flies , I was 15 years old at the time, an electrical apprentice . More of the AJC story is in my writings :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldabout 6 years ago

    Love images of yesteryear,Tom,how things have changed,i can see my first car parked at the kerbside too,well done!!!

  • Thanks lance , would you believe I rode my racing bike there from Chelsea around 30k, started work at 7.30am later my Ariel 600cc (now antique) , Motor Bike:-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Sandy Woolard
    Sandy Woolardabout 6 years ago

    WOW…Great photo of yesteryear!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks Sandy ;-)

    – Tom Newman

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