A bespoke album (248 × 345 mm), containing 38 gelatin silver photographs (each approximately 200 × 250 mm) mounted on thin loose-leaf card (rectos only) with printed captions mounted below the prints.
Cord-bound cloth (the front cover and spine padded), with tissue-guards between all leaves; front cover a little indented and bumped at the extremities; rear cover lightly marked; the contents are in very fine condition.
The first photograph shows ten 'Members of the Directorate and Management assembled in the Company's board room'. The rest of the plates get down to grass roots: Adelaide head office (2); the huge Mile End dairy processing and produce facility (8); the Union's presence at the Adelaide Show (2); the extensive Murray Bridge plant (5, including our favourite, 'The Union's fleet of milk boats returning to the Factory laden with milk and cream gathered at the River Settlements'); miscellaneous activities in and around Adelaide (7, including livestock auctions, retail merchandising, and the delivery fleet); and views of factories and handling facilities at Port Adelaide, Woodside, Meadows, Stansbury, Orroroo, Eudunda, Mt Gambier, Naracoorte and Ungarra (one of 4 photographs relating specifically to grain handling. Its caption suggests the date of compilation of the album: 'This 1937/38 season scene at Ungarra well illustrates both the shed and open methods of stacking wheat at the Union's more than 400 Agencies throughout the State'). Douglas Darian Smith (1900-1984) was a leading South Australian photographer from the mid-1920s; his label is affixed to the rear pastedown of the album.