The Holtermann Collection

This Collection is GOLD

The photographs of Gulgong from the Holtermann Collection clearly show what the town was like at the height of the gold rush during the early 1870’s. In microscopic detail they depict the town in all its rustic glory: the diggings, the buildings and above all the people. Nothing escapes the sharp eye of Merlin’s camera.

The Holtermann photographs are part of the collection which was recently inscribed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

We have been fortunate to acquire the two original buildings in Mayne Street Gulgong to establish the Gulgong Holtermann Museum. These buildings, photographed in the 1872, form part of the wonderful Holtermann Collection. We gratefully acknowledge the State Library NSW for their assistance with regard to the access of this collection for our Museum.

Below:  These photographs and many more are on permanent display in the Gulgong Holtermann Museum, some hanging and others on touch screens for visitor interaction.  Having been digitalised these photos can now be enlarged on the touch screens to reveal the amazing detail. The original glass negatives of the Holtermann Collection are presently housed in the State Library NSW.