The Greatest Wonder of the World

In 1872, the newly rich Bernhardt Otto Holtermann used some of his wealth to employ Henry Beaufoy Merlin and Charles Bayliss, of the American and Australasian (A&A) Photographic Company, to photograph gold producing areas and cities in NSW and Victoria for exhibition overseas. These images provide the most comprehensive and detailed record of nineteenth century goldfields life. The Greatest Wonder of the World features this extraordinary collection of nineteenth century documentary images.
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Mine head with group of gold miners, Gulgong area

Mine head with group of gold miners, Gulgong area

Miners with reef gold from Star of Hope mine at Hill End (N.S.W.) 1870-1875 a2825335

Miners with reef gold from Star of Hope mine at Hill End (N.S.W.) 1870-1875 a2825335

Henry Stuart's Great Western Store, Hill End / from the Holtermann collection at the State Library of NSW

Henry Stuart's Great Western Store, Hill End / from the Holtermann collection at the State Library of NSW

Mother and boy outside weatherboard house with bark roof, Gulgong

Mother and boy outside weatherboard house with bark roof, Gulgong

Panoramic view of Hill End, looking from Germantown in the west to the east / from the Holtermann collection at the State Library of NSW

Panoramic view of Hill End, looking from Germantown in the west to the east / from the Holtermann collection at the State Library of NSW

Miss Miller's rendered house with bark roof next to the Methodist Church, Denison Street, Hill End

Miss Miller's rendered house with bark roof next to the Methodist Church, Denison Street, Hill End

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