Date: Saturday 27 April 2013
Time: 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm
Venue: NSW State Library
Cost: Adults: $15, Friends/Concessions: $10
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 New South Wales 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 of 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.
Join Alan Davies, Curator of Photographs at the State Library of NSW and of our latest exhibition, The Greatest Wonder of the World. On this special curator-led tour, Alan will give insights into 19th century photographic techniques and the fascinating story of Bernhardt Holtermann and his vision to sell Australia to the world.