The State Library, custodian of the Holtermann Collection, has donated all of the exhibition’s reproduced images to the Gulgong Holtermann Museum.
This, together with offers of audio/visual and computer hardware from the German and Chinese Consulates, will enable the completion of the Stage One Exhibition once the Greatest Wonder of the World and American Tobacco Warehouse Company have been restored and the gallery spaces established.
Chairman of the Museum Steering Committee, Chris Pearson said the ambitious project has generated much local interest and enthusiasm.
He said although work on, and planning for, the museum has only been in progress for a year, a number of key milestones have been reached due to the generosity of both local townspeople and other benefactors whose cash and in-kind contributions have given the project a life and a momentum of its own.
Mr Pearson acknowledged the significance of the State Library’s on-going support and generosity.
“When finished, not only will our two iconic buildings have been restored but they will also house a unique interactive exhibition of the world renowned Holtermann photographs depicting the early history of our very special town,” he said.
“The Gulgong Holtermann Museum will be a wonderful tourist attraction and a unique educational resource with local, regional and state significance. It will be a facility of which we can all be extremely proud.”
The project will be completed in two stages cost an estimated $700,000.
“Sponsorship offers of both cash and in-kind donations are always welcomed and will be vital to the overall success of the venture,” Mr Pearson said.
Any business or individual interested in supporting the project can contact Mr Pearson, or any of the other committee members, for an information pack which details the various levels of sponsorship that are available.