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Memento : Issue 18
september 2001 memento 13 The jewel in the crown of the Brisbane collection is the Photographic Collection of Postal and Telegraphic Services in Queensland (J2364 and J2879). In 1993, this collection of 65,000 images was literally saved from the jaws of a rubbish compactor by Mr Ron Loder, former Chief Draftsman at Telecom's Brisbane Reprographic Section. Known locally as the 'Loder Collection', these images dating from the late 19th century reveal scenes of a bygone era -- Cobb and Co. mail coaches, the first female telephonists, and early telephones to name a few. The Loder Collection contains an amazing array of glass plate negatives, magic lantern slides, black and white and colour negatives. We are carefully preserving and digitising every one of them so they are available to researchers of the present as well as the future. This process often reveals some real gems, such as our recent find of photographs of Mr Bradford, a line surveyor for the Posts and Telegraphs Department, and his 1883 expedition to Cape York Peninsula.We were able to match them with the diary of his expedition, also in our collection. Eventually, the whole collection will be available to the public on our photographic database, PhotoSearch, at www.naa.gov.au. ...an amazing array of glass plate negatives, magic lantern slides, black and white and colour negatives. Cobb and Co. ser vice from Longreach to Jundah, carr ying itinerant shearers and farm workers. NAA: J2364, 1859/93