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Historic Photographs Collection, Department of Mineral Resources

Item details

Name of item: Historic Photographs Collection, Department of Mineral Resources
Other name/s: Geological Survey collection of historic images, NSW Trade & Investment offices Maitland
Type of item: Movable / Collection
Group/Collection: Government and Administration
Category: Contents (movable)
Location: Lat: -32.727663 Long: 151.551961
Primary address: 516 High Street, Maitland, NSW 2320
Local govt. area: Maitland
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Mindaribba
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT2 DP1051969


The SHR curtilage boundary is limited to the item itself and does not include the land it is located on or the structure it is housed within.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
516 High StreetMaitlandMaitland  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
NSW Department of Industry Crown LandState Government07 Feb 00
NSW Trade and Investment (Resources and Energy)State Government 
NSW Trade and Investment (Resources and Energy)State Government 

Statement of significance:

This unique collection of historic images of rocks and landforms includes rare images relating to early mineral discoveries and contributes to our understanding of the development of the mining industry in NSW.
The collection of around 110,000 historic images, amassed since the late nineteenth century by the NSW Government's 'Geological Survey' branch of the former department of Mineral Resources, were required for the production of geological maps of the state.
The collection is associated with George W. Card, curator of the Geological Mining Museum, who was the first to order it and with the office of the Government Printer, whose photographers took most of the photographs. There is an associated collection of photographs in the Government Printing Office's collection of glass negatives in the State Library of NSW.
The collection includes valuable historic images of the landscape from Victoria. Queensland, Tasmania as well as some countries overseas. It is estimated that less than one tenth of the collection has been scanned. There is some meta-data associated with the collection including index cards. The maps which were constructed on the basis of these photos are not part of the collection but are held by the former department of Mineral Resources.
About 6000 images from the collection - largely historic photographs - are held by State Records. The rest of the collection of negatives, glass plate negatives and slides was moved from St Leonards to the offices of NSW Trade & Investment in Maitland in 2004.
Date significance updated: 25 Mar 15
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Construction years: 1860-
Physical description: Contains original glass plates, glass lantern slides and copy negatives covering mining and related subjects dating from 1860 to the present. There is in the order of 110,00 photographs in the collection.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Photographs mounted on cards with negatives stored.
Date condition updated:16 Mar 01
Modifications and dates: Additions to the photographic collection is made on a regular basis.
Further information: Public viewing of the collection is available through appointment.
Current use: Photographic Collection
Former use: Photographic Collection

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Mining-Activities associated with the identification, extraction, processing and distribution of mineral ores, precious stones and other such inorganic substances. (none)-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0097202 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Heritage & Conservation Register for Department of Mineral Resources1994 (not stated)  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5014134
File number: S95/00340/1

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