Fire investigation team wearing Proto breathing apparatus at the C.S.A. Mine near Cobar in 1920. L to R,  A. J. Julius - Mine manager, Gwyder Whalen - surveyor & Bob Pivetta - underground foreman.

The department has a historical collection of information on minerals and petroleum activities in NSW available online (factsheets) and in hardcopy (heritage maps).

Heritage and parish maps

The department’s collection of heritage geological maps is in the process of being catalogued, conserved, scanned and archived.

A unique collection of geologically notated parish maps is also being captured and a small sample is provided. Browse lists of heritage maps and parish maps available.

Minerals industry historic photo collection

The department holds a significant heritage collection of images documenting the activities of the department of mineral resources and the mining industry from the late 1800s to the present.

The images range across geological localities, geologists and other staff at work, mining localities, specimens from the economic rock and mineral collection, micrographs and illustrations used in technical presentations.

The collection is housed in the department’s Maitland office.

With a prior appointment, researchers may conduct their own search of this collection on-site. DPI staff may also carry out searches at a cost of of $30 per hour or part thereof for this service.

As with other parts of the department’s image collection, there is a standard charge of $150 for reproduction (including a publication quality scan) for each image This is reduced to $100 per image for requests of 5 or more images.

Acknowledgement of the source of the images is required and copyright remains with the State of NSW through the NSW Department of Industry.

Historical fact sheets

The Primefacts series was published by the NSW Department of Primary Industries for many years. The following selection of historical Primefacts relates to mineral resources in NSW.