Contributions to the 6th AICCM Book, Paper & Photographic Materials Symposium. 17-19th November 2010, Melbourne. p92

Poster Abstract

The internationally significant Holtermann collection contains 3500 glass plate negatives documenting an exploration of gold towns in New South Wales and Victoria from 1872 to 1875. The collection also includes images of streets and buildings in Sydney and Melbourne between 1871 and 1876. The rich detail captured by the wet-plate negatives record every shop, house and mine in the surveyed areas. While there are images from the Holtermann Collection currently available on the Library’s website they do not do justice to the original glass plates. They were batched scanned from 2nd generation 35mm film copies several years ago, losing much of the fine detail in the process. The State Library of New South Wales is now embarking on a rehousing and digitisation project to preserve this collection. The Holtermann Collection Digitisation Project will enable each glass-plate negative to be cleaned and rehoused, and then re-scanned to produce high resolution digital images. The collection will be captured using a Creo iQsmart 3 high end scanner and a large format Hasselblad digital camera for the larger plates. The public will then be able to enjoy enhanced and improved access to the images through the Library’s website, through the catalogue and via Discover Collections.

6th Book, Paper and Photographs Symposium, 2010
Paper author:
Lang Ngo, Lauren O'Brien