The Gulgong Holtermann Museum is a contemporary museum housed within two iconic State Heritage Listed buildings. These two buildings were originally photographed in Mayne Street, Gulgong in 1872 by Beaufoy Merlin and are featured in the UNESCO listed Holtermann Collection of photographs.
The State Library of NSW has given its collective expertise, guidance, support and encouragement to the Gulgong Holtermann Museum, as well as gifting a large quantity of high resolution digital images. In 2015 the State Library also donated most of the exhibits from the Greatest Wonder of the World exhibition to the Gulgong Holtermann Museum after its season at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery had concluded. With the use of touchscreens it is now possible for visitors to enlarge these photographs to experience the stunning details captured in each photograph.
The Gulgong Holtermann Museum has not forgotten the importance of the photographers Merlin and Bayliss, and the miner, politician and entrepreneur, Bernhard Otto Holtermann. Their lives and dedication to photography have been brilliantly outlined within the museum displays.
With the simple touch of a screen, the Gulgong Holtermann Museum has made it possible for visitors to immerse themselves in the lives of the people, families and mining activities during the 1870’s Gulgong gold rush; a wonderful experience for both adults and children alike, and an easy way to experience a slice of Australian gold rush history.