In 1951 3,500 glass plate negatives in cedar boxes were found in a garden shed in Chatswood. This extraordinary discovery turned out to be the most complete record of the goldfields era anywhere in the world. Bernhardt Holtermann commissioned the photographs after finding the world’s biggest specimen of reef gold at his Star of Hope mine in 1872. The plates were donated to the Mitchell Library in 1952.
Come along on September 14th when Patrick Dodd from the Library will tell us the fascinating story behind the Holtermann Collection and show us some of the fascinating images from that time.