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.
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.
- Adelong gold
- Balmain's own coal mine
- Braidwood gold
- Children on the goldfields
- Cobar's mining history
- Copeland gold deposits
- Geology of Galaringi and the Dundas Quarry
- Gulgong gold deposits
- Hargraves goldfield
- Hill End gold deposits
- History of geology
- Life on the goldfields: bushrangers - the lure of gold
- Life on the goldfields: getting there
- Life on the goldfields: living there
- Majors Creek gold deposits
- Mining by Aborigines - Australia's first miners
- Mt Dromedary gold
- Nerriga gold deposits
- Nundle gold
- Stuart Town gold