Baker, Thomas (1854-1928)

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Photographic Scientist; Philanthropist; Photographer
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Thomas Baker (1854-1928), photographic scientist and philanthropist, was born on 23 June 1854 at Montacute, Somerset, England, son of Charles Baker, blacksmith, and his wife Ann, née Beaton. The family...

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Thomas Baker manufactured photographic materials using 'dry' plate methods of manufacture. In 1908 he and his partner, J.J. Rouse, amalgamated with the London Kodak company to form Kodak (Australasia) Pty. Ltd., which manufactured photographic materials and sold Eastman's Kodak cameras.

Born Montacute, Somerset, England, 23 June 1854. Died Mornington, 4 December 1928. Arrived Adelaide 1865; joined his father as blacksmith, wheelwright and coachbuilder; pharmaceutical chemist, Maryborough, Queensland 1876-81; studied medicine at the University of Melbourne 1882-83; went into business manufacturing photographic materials and developing photographs 1884; partnership with J.J. Rouse as importers and producers of photographic material 1887; branches opened in other colonies 1890-92; amalgamated with London Kodak company to form Kodak (Australasia) 1908, with Baker and Rouse as joint managing directors; manufactured the first X-ray film in Australia 1924. Donated large sums of money to the Alfred Hospital and is commemorated by the Baker Institute there. President, Melbourne Rotary club at the time of his death.

  • Life event - Arrived in Australia (Adelaide)
  • Career position - Pharmaceutical Chemist in Maryborough, Queensland
  • Education - Started a medical degree at the University of Melbourne, but did not complete it
  • Career position - Ran a photographic business manufacturing materials and developing photographs
  • Career position - Partnership with J.J. Rouse as importers and producers of photographic material
  • Career position - Kodak Australia founded as an amalgamation with London Kodak
  • Career position - First X-ray film in Australia manufactured

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  • (Person) Rouse, John Joseph

    <p>Business partner</p>

  • (Corporate Body) Kodak (Australasia) Proprietary Limited (2000 - )

    <p>In 1908 Thomas Baker and his partner, J.J. Rouse, amalgamated with the London Kodak company to form Kodak (Australasia) Pty. Ltd</p>

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Baker, Thomas
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. The Story of the Camera in Australia
    Cato, J.
    Published: Melbourne, 1955
  3. Baker, Thomas (1854-1928), photographic scientist and philanthropist
    DeServille, P. H.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1979
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 7, 156-157
  4. The Thomas Baker, Alice Baker and Eleanor Shaw Medical Research Institute: the First Fifty Years
    Lowe, Thomas E.
    Published: Trustees of the Baker Medical Research Institute, Melbourne, 1977
  5. The Baker Medical Research Institute
    Korner, Paul I.
    Published: 1985
    Series: Medical Journal of Australia, 143, 294-299
  6. Technology in Australia 1788-1988
    Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 2000

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  1. Baker, Richard T., (Richard Thomas) (1854-1941)
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  3. Baker, Alice, (CBE) (1855-1935)
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  1. Davies and others v. Thomas Baker, junior.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 11 November 1870 [Issue No.275] p 2518

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  2. Davies and others v. Thomas Baker, junior.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 29 November 1870 [Issue No.288] p 2657

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  3. IN BANKRUPTCY. Re William Thomas Dobinson, of Wollongong, baker.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 6 August 1895 [Issue No.517] p 5020

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    ... I In the Stmreme Court of New South Wales. (9.975) IN BANKRUPTCY. Re William Thomas Dobinson, of ... Wollongong, baker. NOTICE is hereby piyen that the Single Meeting of creditors in the above matter will be ... 106 words
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  1. MR. THOMAS BAKER PASSES HENCE
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  2. Annual report / Thomas Baker, Alice Baker, and Eleanor Shaw Medical Research Institute
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  3. WELCOME HOME TO MR. THOMAS BAKER
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  4. Annual report / Baker Medical Research Institute, affiliated with Monash University
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  3. Australian writers interviewed by Candida Baker for the three volume series 'Yacker, Australian writers talk about their work', 1975-1988
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    Baker, Richard T. (Richard Thomas), 1854-1941
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    [ Unpublished : 1963-1974 ]
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  3. Letter - Kodak Australasia Limited, Thomas Baker to James Gault, 15 Oct 1913
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  1. The Thomas Baker, Alice Baker and Eleanor Shaw Medical Research Institute : the first fifty years / by Thomas E. Lowe
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  4. A catalogue of the Library of Thomas Baker / Frans Korsten
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  1. BAKER—THOMAS.
    Wellington Times (NSW : 1899 - 1954) Thursday 15 November 1945 p 5 Article
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    Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, NSW : 1911 - 1954) Saturday 17 September 1938 p 8 Article
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  3. Mr. Thomas' S. Baker.
    The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Tuesday 6 June 1933 p 13 Article
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