Beaufoy Merlin Showman and Photographer

In 1951 one of Australia’s most significant collections of nineteenth-century photographs was found in a garden shed in Chatswood, Sydney.1 The 3700 glass plate negatives had been gathering dust for some 80 years after being moved from the North Shore mansion of Bernard Holtermann by his son Leonard.2 Most of the negatives were taken between … Continue reading Beaufoy Merlin Showman and Photographer

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Old East India Company Windmill, Government Domain, Sydney

Old Windmill. Government Domain, Sydney, 1836, lithograph, by J.G. Austin, State Library of New South Wales, PXA 662p In the early days of Sydney, this windmill stood in the Domain near Government House stables. Its exact position was close to the statue of a huntsman with dogs by Henri Alfred Jacquemart, which is still in … Continue reading Old East India Company Windmill, Government Domain, Sydney

Amalie Dietrich – German Naturalist in Australia 1863-1872

Amalie Dietrich, copy from photo-mechanical print, State Library of New South Wales, Government Printing Office 1 - 12257 For ten years, between 1863 and 1872, Amalie Dietrich collected natural history specimens alone in the jungles and deserts of Queensland. Shaded by a straw hat, she walked thousands of kilometres with her small case of essentials including … Continue reading Amalie Dietrich – German Naturalist in Australia 1863-1872

Milton Kent (photographer)

From article I added to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 2018.10 Milton Kent was a pioneer of industrial and aerial photography, a prize-winning airman and a champion sculler. Initially, Kent worked as a sports photographer but by the 1920s he had embraced aerial photography using a specially crafted oblique camera. Over the next 50 years, Kent used … Continue reading Milton Kent (photographer)

Cross Functional Workflows for museum, archive and library collections

In 2013 Parramatta City Council’s Museum, Archives and Local Studies Library were restructured into one unit, ‘Research and Collection Services’ (ARC). Bringing together collections and staff from across three separate disciplines encouraged new work patterns and in some ways provides a glimpse into what could be the future for many working in the GLAM sector. We are now two years … Continue reading Cross Functional Workflows for museum, archive and library collections

ISO15489 New Archival Standard, NSW Record Managers Forum, notes

Geoff Hinchcliffe, Sate Records New South Wales, Intro Outlined there are currently around 400 archival sites across NSW and the vastness of area is also complicated by the diversity of temperatures. Forum will look at new standards for the sector and also to let everyone know about the New State Records website launched 21 June, 2016 with over 2000 … Continue reading ISO15489 New Archival Standard, NSW Record Managers Forum, notes