Creating a Museum

GHM Committee

Original Gulgong Holtermann Project Committee Members: 
 Chris Pearson (Chairman),
Bruce McGregor,Bill Larner,Maurice Gaudry,David Warner,Maureen Hall


Gulgong Holtermann Museum Inc. is a community based association established to conserve and promote Gulgong’s rich gold rush history, through the restoration of two of its earliest buildings. Within these restored buildings an interactive educational and tourist facility has been created, based on the renowned Holtermann Collection of photographs taken during the town’s “roaring days” of the 1870’s.

The Gulgong Holtermann Museum wishes to thank  the State Libary of NSW  for their generous donation of display items, printed material and the use of their digital photographs.  Their support of our project has helped us prepare and now exhibit photos from this wonderful collection in our unique interactive museum.


This community based project involved local residents, businesses and trades people with a variety of personnel having been called upon to lend their expertise at various stages throughout its implementation from the restoration of the building through to the compilation and mounting of the exhibition and the production of the associated educational material.

Gary Cross, a highly respected local licensed builder with over 45 years in the industry and with extensive experience restoring older buildings was the Project Manager.

Jiri Lev, museum building design.

Barbara Hickson, an accredited local architect who has been the Heritage Advisor for many significant towns throughout Central West NSW, also shared her expertise to this project.

Ruth Davis, a Gulgong local with a wealth of knowledge having lived in Gulgong all her life has spent many years researching the town and its surrounding areas and has kept records of newspapers and old photos going back to the 1870’s. There is not much Ruth does not know about the people and buildings of Gulgong and it is for this reason we invited her to join us as our Voluntary Historian, a position she has taken on with much enthusiasm.

Explore our Gulgong region by merging the wonders of Merlin’s glass plate photography and today’s interactive technology to reveal the facinating digital detail.