Bruck Mills Wangaratta
This photograph, taken inside the Bruck Mill, of a worker in amongst the factory machinery was taken by Wolfgang Sievers.
Bruck Textiles came to Wangaratta in 1946, creating a population boom in the town. It became a working destination, attracting workers from all over Australia and Europe following the Second World War.
Bruck Textiles began with manufacturing furnishing and apparel fabrics and still operates today, though its emphasis has shifted to high performance fabrics such as those used by the Australian Defence Forces.
The photographer, Wolfgang Georg Sievers, AO (1913 –2007) specialised in architectural and industrial photography. He was born and educated in Germany and was heavily influenced by the Bauhaus movement. He fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s and went first to England, where his brother lived, and then onto Australia. He opened a studio in South Yarra, Melbourne, which later moved to Collins Street.
His work was hugely influential, especially his industrial photography with its socialist/heroic use of workers and theatrically lit machinery.
[Vintage print with the photographer's studio stamp on verso. Date taken from inscription in pencil in photographer's hand on verso. Job number inscribed in pencil on verso: 1559-Z, AK. Purchased by State Library of Victoria, 2002. Printed by Wolfgang Sievers from his negatives made in 1954.]