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3D scanning Icons from the MAAS Collection

October 21, 2016

Visitors to the recently opened Icons exhibition will notice two large screens installed in one of the title walls, featuring rotating 3D models of objects from the exhibition. The screens invite visitors to “touch and explore” the 3D models.

Looking for the mermaid: developing the Annette Kellerman visual installation

October 12, 2016

I am still looking for my chest of gold in a cool dripping sea cave -- though a professional mermaid for the movies, I still wait to see my first real one sitting on a damp grey rock combing her long green hair.1 The exhibition Million Dollar Mermaid: Annette Kellerman features a visual installation projected onto a set, creating an immersive, sensory environment.

A Sydney Icon: Fashion at Luna Park

October 5, 2016

  Whenever asked ‘when, where and what’ to visit in Sydney, we know the answer: the Opera House with her pure white sails lit in moonlight and of course, our iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge that sparkles beautifully every New Year’s Eve.

Our curators are Ready for Ask a Curator Day 2016

September 14, 2016

Our curators have a huge job caring for our enormous and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects! Their areas of expertise are as diverse and interesting as the scope of the Museum's collection.

Farewell Richard Neville (1941-2016)

September 5, 2016

Richard Neville, author, journalist, social commentator and co-founder of Oz magazine sadly passed away on Sunday 4 September. I recall Richard visiting the Museum around the time he was writing his autobiography, Hippie, Hippie, Shake: The Dreams, the Trips, the Trials, the Love-ins, the Screw ups—the Sixties (William Heinemann, 1995).

The David Mist Digitisation Project

August 31, 2016

I have been lucky to gain a place as a volunteer two years ago with MAAS. More recently, I have had the pleasure of joining the MAAS ‘David Mist Digitisation Project’ team, as part of my Master in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Sydney.

Origins of the Annette Kellerman collection

August 12, 2016

Annette Kellerman's successes in a number of fields are extraordinary. Born in Sydney in 1886, she became an international celebrity as an endurance swimmer, a highly paid entertainer of the vaudeville stage and a star of American silent films. She played a key role in popularising the modern one-piece swimsuit for women, became a successful businesswoman and wrote self-help books about health, beauty and exercise.

Industrial Revolution in Australia – impact on the wool industry

March 31, 2016

When you think about the Industrial Revolution steam engines, factory manufacturing and railways all spring to mind. What about the wool industry in Australia? How could sheep grazing on vast tracts of land here and the production of wool be influenced by the Industrial Revolution in Britain?