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No title (Panorama of Sydney Harbour and suburbs)
(1875)

Medium
albumen silver photograph
Measurements
40.1 × 311.6 cm
Inscription
inscribed on negative (in image) l.l.: Holtermann's Exp. / N. S. Wales Scenery. / No 30.
inscribed on negative (in image) l.c.l.: Holtermann's Exp. / N. S. Wales Scenery. / No 31.
(1) inscribed on negative (in image) l.c.: Holtermann's Exp. / N. S. Wales Scenery. / No 32. (o underlined)
(2) inscribed on negative (in image) l.c.: Holtermann's Exp. / N. S. Wales Scenery. / No 33. (o underlined)
(3) inscribed on negative (in image) l.c.: Holtermann's Exp. / N. S. Wales Scenery. / No 34 (o underlined)
inscribed on negative (in image) l.c.r.: Holtermann's Exp. / N. S. Wales Scenery. / No 35. (o underlined)
Accession Number
PH115-1990
Department
Australian Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1990
Gallery location
Not on display
This photograph is one of the great achievements of early Australian photography. Commissioned in 1875 by Bernard Otto Holtermann and taken by his assistant Charles Bayliss, the panorama forms a continuous view of Sydney Harbour and surrounding suburbs, taken from a specially constructed tower at Holtermann’s home in Lavender Bay. In 1872 German-born Holtermann found fame and wealth when the company in which he was a partner discovered the world’s largest nugget of reef gold. In gratitude, he commissioned panoramas such as this to encourage migration to Australia, with copies of the views exhibited to millions of people at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition.