The Monster Specimen + After Party, 2 Disk Set (DVD)


A 2 DVD boxed set including The Monster Specimen and The After Party. Approx 170mins total of extraordinary insight into Australia’s gold rush history, with indepth explanations not seen before. The culmination of over 40years of research by Malcolm Drinkwater, this footage and detailed recording is not available anywhere else.


This boxed set of two DVD’s includes the The Monster Specimen DVD (Disk 1) and The After Party DVD (Disk 2).

The Monster Specimen gives a detailed account of the world’s biggest piece of gold.

The true story surrounding the unearthing of the world’s largest known single mass of gold: The Beyers and Holtermann Specimen. This account has been put together onsite using the mine’s day book records, heritage photographs, newspaper reports, bank and mint gold receipts. Original share certificates embellished with first time published original personal accounts from the most celebrated miner, Bernard Holtermann. Following the family trail to the great grand children who all have a tale to tell backed up by their own original inherited Holtermann artefacts.

Holtermann the precursor, Beyers the co-requisite and gold the catalyst to provide a history statement unrivalled anywhere to date in the world.

A chain of events that needed no drama as the record wrote itself into history with a fortunate tale of events that still benefit Australia and the world.

Starting with two immigrants who find a fortune and one who goes on to produce a photographic collection that is world standard and world record holding. This documentary should be viewed in conjunction with our previous documentary, Gold & BO Holtermann, and the book, The German-Australian Called Holtermann to gain a better understanding of the bigger picture. Even then there is more to tell and most likely more gold to find.

The After Party DVD is compiled of footage taken from the launch event for The Monster Specimen DVD and book, October 22, 2022, at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC). Footage on this DVD includes talks at the launch by John Holterman, a direct decendent of B.O. Holtermann, introduction and background by compare, local historian Christopher Morgan, and presentation by author and renowned historian Malcolm Drinkwater. This DVD is ideal for those who were not able to be present at the launch event. Included in the 86mins DVD, The After Party, is 20mins footage of recent explosives demonstrations with a detailed explanation by Malcolm.