GULGONG THEN & NOW – June 2022

In celebration of the 150th year of the arrival of Henry Beaufoy Merlin and Charles Bayliss to Gulgong and their photographic contribution to Gulgong’s rich gold rush history.

Photographer Henry Beaufoy Merlin and his assistant Charles Bayliss arrived in Gulgong in the winter of 1872 and now 150 years on we celebrate their work with an exhibition to be held in the Museum theatrette, ‘Gulgong Then & Now’. This exhibition will will feature a selection of wet plates by Adrian Cook and colourised transition photographs by Christopher Dingle.

There will also be two new exhibits unveiled, the Gondolf family Bible, a family featured in the Holtermann Collection and a selection of recently acquired letters relating to the original wet plates located by Keast Burke in 1951 which include the research undertaken for his book Gold and Silver.

This exhibition will be opened on the 10th June for the Henry Lawson Festival and run until 30 September 2022. Entry included in museum admission fee.