Major Photo Restoration & Archiving Projects

The Scots College, Sydney

In 1893 The Scots College was established at Brighton-le-Sands on the shores of historic Botany Bay, to meet the needs of Scottish settlers. The initial enrolment was 35 day boys and boarders. In 1895, the College moved to its present Bellevue Hill site. Currently the College has 1600 students in attendance, of which 225 are boarding students.

In the course of renovating the historic buildings, it was decided to create a display of photographic images utilising the School's archives. We were commissioned to provide an appropriately framed display of restored reproductions of selected iconic images from the archives to replace the previous display.

A corner of the Dining Room showing part of the original display

Initial "mock up" computer visualisations enabled decisions to be made regarding the style and layout of the intended display

Actual photo of part of the final display

Waverley College, Sydney
The T&M Hayes Pavilion - Honouring the winners

Tom and Midge Hayes began their association with Waverley College at the end of 1940 when their eldest son was enrolled. From then until the 70’s, their names were synonymous with the hospitality they offered to Waverley's visitors at Queens Park.
Their commitment to the service of Waverley College and visiting schools was duly noted by the naming of the pavilion in their honour in 1985.

We were commissioned to restore and reproduce the many photographs acquired over the decades and provide a secure but flexible display system to enable the display to expand as required and relocate pictures when appropriate.

The T & M Hayes Pavilion - The original display before building renovations.

Final display with the frames fixed securely, but with the option to easily relocate and replace as required.

Sydney Rowing Club - Embracing the future

Established in 1870, Sydney Rowing Club is the oldest rowing club in New South Wales.
The growth of the sport has placed pressure on the club to provide additional, updated facilities for active members, whose ranks now include a significant complement of female members, master rowers and active, non-competitive recreational rowers.
The redevelopment of 2007 saw the completion of the first stage of a master plan with almost the entire operating floor of the Club being refurbished.

Marketing initiatives were undertaken which complemented the redevelopment works and focused on the history and heritage of "Sydney’s Original Rowing Club"
Our commission was to produce a digital archive of the clubs extensive historic images to be used in various ways to support this initiative.

NSW Department of Primary Industries - Accessing the past

The NSW Department of Primary Industries commenced on 1 July 2004 with the amalgamation of Mineral Resources NSW, NSW Agriculture, NSW Fisheries and State Forests of NSW.

Beginning in November 2004, the main office of Mineral Resources was relocated to Maitland in the Hunter Valley. As part of the preparation for this move, the decision was taken to digitally archive the oldest part of the extensive Heritage photographic collection of the Department of Mineral Resources. The original photographs, photograph albums and thousands of glass lantern slides captured over previous decades would be entrusted to the State Archives of NSW , whilst the Department would retain ready access to the digital duplicate images .

The varied sizes, surfaces and constructions of the slides, photographs and album pages required us to use a wide range of techniques to enable optimum images to be captured onto CD for ease of access and use in the Department’s Heritage Collection.

Daintree Collection – Archiving a Rich History

The Royal Historical Society of Queensland was founded in 1913 to promote interest in and advance the study of Queensland history, including the preservation of artefacts, documents and manuscripts relating to Queensland history.

Their collection included many photographs on large glass plates (glass negatives) taken by Richard Daintree. In order for them to be accessed, they needed to be copied onto suitable modern media.

The project involved International Conservation Services cleaning and rehousing the fragile plates and the careful duplication of the images onto film which was then scanned, enabling access to the images via conventional enlargements and the Societies’ computers.

Richard Daintree was born in England on 13th December 1831. He took up land in north Queensland in 1865. In 1869 he was appointed Government Geologist for North Queensland and used the new science of photography to record the country and the mineral deposits he discovered in his travels. The Daintree River and the Daintree Rainforest were named in his honour.

North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club -
Celebrating a Rich Past

North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club is one of four surf clubs on Bate Bay, Cronulla, about 30km south of Sydney

The Club was established by a group of local residents concerned about the safety of visitors to the beach and club members conducted the first patrol of the beach in 1925, with the reel, line and belt their only form of rescue equipment. In 75 years, club members have rescued 11,000 swimmers and proudly recorded ‘no swimmers lives lost.’

The Clubhouse has been extensively renovated, whilst preserving its classic heritage exterior. The club's most important photographic records were required to be copied to enable restored reproductions to be appropriately captioned, framed and placed on display in the form of a “Time Walk” along the stair way and on the wall of the main lounge area.

In addition, the entire framed collection has been digitally copied and archived as a permanent record, in the event of further copies being required or the loss or damage to the current photographs on display.

Sutherland Bowling Club - Preserving the Presidents

After many years on display, the photographic portraits of the Past Presidents of the Club were in need of major renovation. The committee decided to hang restored photographs over the Bar to commemorate the Past Presidents' contributions to the success and development of the Club over the years.

Whilst some portraits were professionally made, sadly others were from informal snapshots or to be lifted out from group photos. The main intention here was to provide as uniform an overall presentation as possible, with standardised sizes and appropriate captions to identify the presidents.

NSW Parliamentary Library – Shrinking it down to Size

At 2 metres wide, highly detailed maps of the State of NSW, showing the Electoral Subdivisions for the forthcoming elections in 1930 and 1941 were something of a handful when it came to inspecting the details of the re-distribution.

In the course of preserving the original documents, International Conservation Services commissioned us to scan them at high resolution to provide a “same size” image on CD for the NSW Parliamentary Library archives, enabling the magic power of the computer to “fly” a window over the extensive documents.