Alt banner image

Australian goldrush comes alive :: State Library of NSW Holtermann Collection

The State Library of NSW is celebrating photography throughout 2013. February features the opening of our photography exhibition, The Greatest Wonder of the World, plus a great line-up of events.

The Greatest Wonder of the World, opening 23 February

The heady days of Australia’s goldrush will spring into life in extraordinary detail when 100 B&W images from the State Library of NSW’s world-renowned Holtermann collection go on show for the first time in The Greatest Wonder of the World exhibition. The photographs on show capture the realities of a goldrush era through a showcase of large format prints of gold towns and portraits of townspeople in NSW and Victoria from 1870 to 1875. These goldrush images feature alongside stunning shots of Sydney and Melbourne from the same era.

Until the exhibition opens don’t forget you can:

The The Greatest Wonder of the World is a free exhibition at the State Library of NSW on show from 23 February – 12 May 2013. Call (02) 9273 1414 or go to for more information.

Image courtesy of the State Library of NSW. Circular Quay from Dawes Battery, 1873

Other upcoming photographic exhibitions at the State Library of NSW:

  • Head On Portrait Prize (17 May – 23 June 2013),
  • World Press Photo 2013 and Photos 1440 (29 June – 21 July)
  • Nikon-Walkley Press Photography (14 October – 3 November)
  • Exciting new additions to our program to be announced!

Join our mailing list