Photographs of Launceston's history are going under the hammer.
One of Australia's most significant photographic collections, The Rose Stereograph Company Collection, is being auctioned later this month.
The collection of more than 100,000 items is considered a world first and was uncovered in the spare bedroom of a home in Victoria.
Glass negatives of Cataract Gorge, John Hart Conservatory and Princes Square are set to be auctioned alongside The Landing at Gallipoli and the Egyptian Pyramids.
"There are original glass negatives in this collection that capture the very first moments of not only local Australian but World history and some that may even change the course of history," Lloyds Auctions chief operations officer Lee Hames said.
Founded in 1880 by George Rose and Herbert Cutts, The Rose Stereograph Company continued for more than 140 years and remains an incorporated Australian company to this day.
Originally used in a special viewer that allowed people to view historic landmarks in 3D, stereographs fell out of fashion with the emergence of cinema.
The Rose Stereograph Company went on to produce postcards of iconic historical moments and landmarks- becoming a staple of the Australian travel industry.
The current custodians of the collection, Stephen and Jeffrey Cutts are philosophical about the upcoming auction.
"We understand that for these historically important pieces to rest with one family is to deny others the pleasure of their custodianship," they said.
"It is for this reason that we have entrusted you as the new custodian of our treasured item."
For more information, head to https://www.lloydsauctions.com.au/photo
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