Digitisation of Traditional Format Library Materials

Historic Australian homesteads and gardens 1994-2000

Project Brief | Cataloguing guidelines


To provide access through the Library’s catalogue to the 42 slides and 28 transparencies in the Historic Australian homesteads and gardens 1994-2000 (Trisha Dixon) collection.


  • Catalogue slides and transparencies using a template record and a descriptive list Word document
  • Digitise slides and transparencies
  • Link images to catalogue records
  • Load images to Pictures Catalogue and Picture Australia

Description of the material to be digitised

A collection of 42 colour slides (35 mm) and 28 colour transparencies (6 x 6 cm) taken by the photographer, Trisha Dixon, between 1994 and 2000. The photographs are of Australian homesteads and gardens including Fülling, Delatite Station, Glen Rannoch, Alton, Hascombe, Glenara, Durrol, Friesia, Murrindindi, Mooleric, Ard Choille, The Holey Plain, Tottingham Station, Minjah and Cruden Farm in Victoria; Riversdale, Salisbury Court, Gidleigh, Woomargama Station, Oldbury Farm, Fifield, Bedervale, Rouse Hill, The Hermitage, Combadello, Reevesdale, Everglades, The Parsonage and Bishop's Lodge in New South Wales; Acacia Downs, Mount Abundance Station and Isis Downs Station in Queensland. Historic sites include: The Cazneaux Tree, Wilpena, South Australia; cottage garden, Beechworth, Victoria; mountain ash tree, Tin Mine, New South Wales.

Preservation, care and handling guidelines

DISCLAIMER: The National Library of Australia disclaims liability for the use of the information provided in this page. The guidelines have been produced to aid Library staff in the digitisation of collection material. The National Library of Australia accepts no responsibility for the loss occasioned as a direct or indirect result of the use of the information in these guidelines.

This collection is made up of 42 colour transparencies (35mm) and 26 colour transparencies (6x6cm). The transparencies are all housed in photographic sleeves and is in good condition.


Treatments: This collection is in good condition. No treatment will be necessary however transparencies will need to be rehoused into polyethylene sleeves when they arrive. Light dusting can be done by scanning staff



NLA staff Other
Pictorial Collection Researchers interested in Australian garden history
Digitisation Team Researchers interested in history of Australian farms and country homes
Imaging Services Institutions with related collections, subject interest
Digitisation Steering Committee Photographers
Preservation Services Public
Public Programs  
Special Materials Cataloguing  

Program of work

Item Date completed or time period
Decide on cataloguing treatment September 2001
Preservation assessment and general condition survey October 2001
Create cataloguing templates and guidelines October 2001
Deliver material to Digitisation 8 October 2001
Cataloguing guidelines session with Digitisation staff 9 October 2001
Create Pictorial Manager batches 10-18 October 2001
Create and review catalogue records 10-19 October 2001
Scan transparencies using Agfa scanner 5-7 November 2001
Scan slides using Nikon scanner from Imaging Services November 2001
Quality check images 5 November 2001-
Rehouse transparencies into polyethylene sleeves October 2001
Deliver material back to Pictorial Mid November 2001
Strip metadata from images and put in spreadsheets November 2001
Rename images and move to Pictorial’s Complete folder November 2001
Check metadata spreadsheets November 2001
Change batch status on Pictorial Manager November 2001
Create derivatives & rename for Pictorial Manager November 2001
Load images to Pictures Catalogue November 2001


Project owner/Driver David Toll and Margy Burn
Project manager Angela Brown
Key information sources Pictorial Manager, Preservation Services, Digitisation Team, IT, Imaging Services
  1. Digitisation Project scanners not capable of producing good quality images from 35mm slides. This necessitates using a Nikon scanner belonging to Imaging Services and having to wait for it to be returned from being serviced.
  2. Polyethylene sleeves on order so rehousing cannot be done until they are received.


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