The Greatest Wonder of the World
Open: 23 February 2013 – 12 May 2013
Venue: Exhibition Galleries
In 1872, the newly rich Bernhardt Otto Holtermann used some of his wealth to employ Henry Beaufoy Merlin and Charles Bayliss, of the American and Australasian (A&A) Photographic Company, to photograph gold producing areas and cities in NSW and Victoria for exhibition overseas. These images provide the most comprehensive and detailed record of nineteenth century goldfields life and, with the commissioned photographs, now form the Library’s Holtermann archive of 3500 wet plate negatives.
The Greatest Wonder of the World features this extraordinary collection of nineteenth century documentary images. Through enlargements, digital images and a selection of vintage prints and wet plate negatives, the exhibition tells the remarkable story of the A&A Photographic Company and the philanthropy and vision of Bernhardt Holtermann.
Preview a selection of 50 photographs from the Holtermann collection.
I shall be going tomorrow if anyone local fancies tagging along? I'll probably bring a camera to take some shots in the Botanic Gardens as well.