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Digitisation Officer appointed

Digitisation Officer appointed

I am pleased to introduce our new Digitisation Officer, Lauren O'Brien.

Her main function working with the collection will be to use the new Creo iQsmart3 scanner to create high quality archival master files from each plate in the collection. She will be working on this project three days a week with a view to scan the entire collection and get it up on the website and accessible to the public within one year.
Lauren's previous experience working with historical glass plate negatives comes from her work over the last 18 months as a digitiser with the Justice and Police Museum on their Forensic Photography collection of glass plate and cellulose negatives taken by the NSW Police between 1912 and 1964. This collection is the largest of it's kind in the Southern Hemisphere consisting of approximately 130 000 negatives. She has also worked in photographic production for seven years previous to beginning her work with the museum in all facets ranging from film development and photographic printing to scanning, digital retouching and copy work.

We welcome Lauren to the team.


"It's been a pleasure so far to work with the Holtermann collection digitisation project team. After my initial meeting with Alan Davies, Curator of Photographs, Original Materials my interest in the world of the American & Australasian Photographic Company photographers, Beaufoy Merlin and Charles Bayliss was peeked and I will certainly be getting my hands on Keast Burke's 'Gold and Silver' shortly to immerse myself further in the history of this fascinating collection. I can only hope my work will do justice to the portfolio of these groundbreaking photographers and their benefactor of course, Bernhardt Otto Holtermann."