Inside the Collection

Enoch Taylor shoe gauge

August 28, 2009

Melanie Pitkin
Now that we have solved the Earoscope, it’s time for a new mystery object! What you see above is part of a new acquisition from the Enoch Taylor & Co shoe archive. From 1851-1970s, Enoch Taylor & Co specialised in the importation and manufacture of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes, first in Melbourne and then Sydney.

Atlassian come to perve

August 25, 2009

Matthew Connell
I love doing tours of our basement store but this one was especially gratifying. 24 programmers from Atlassian, the company that brings us Confluence and Jira amongst other programs, came to the museum for a bit of R and R.

The Bosdyk Dolls House- part two

August 21, 2009

Lindie Ward
Curators Lindie Ward and Margaret Simpson visited Frans Bosdyk at his home to find out more about the creation of his exquisite dolls house. Frans created most of the furniture for the dolls house himself, setting up a workshop in his garage.

Alastair Morrison

August 18, 2009

Christina Sumner
Alastair Morrison, Life Fellow and great friend of the Powerhouse Museum, passed away on Tuesday 4 August, aged 93. Alastair was one of the Museum’s most consistent and generous donors over a long period of time, in particular with gifts to the Asian collections and working closely with curator Claire Roberts.

Ambrotype of the Premier of New South Wales Charles Cowper, 1859

August 14, 2009

Geoff Barker
This photograph is of Charles Cowper, the second Premier of New South Wales, and his ministry. Sometimes referred to as ‘Slippery Charlie’, Cowper appears to have lived up to his name as he was elected premier five times between 1856 and 1870.

Paul Cocksedge- Fabergé of 21st century design?

August 11, 2009

Eva Czernis-Ryl
Did you miss Paul Cocksedge's talk at the Powerhouse Museum last Monday? If you did, and if you are interested in innovative and visually striking design with a touch of 'magic', I really recommend that you have a glimpse at his products and concepts.

Meet the curator- Lindie Ward

August 7, 2009

Lindie Ward
Name Lindie Ward What is your specialty area? Textiles, lace, dress and shoes. How long have you been working at the Museum? Since 1990. What is your favourite object in the collection? Very hard to answer.

Elephants in the Colony

August 4, 2009

Erika Taylor
The new baby elephant at Taronga Zoo has had me 'oooing' and 'ahhhing' all week, it also reminded me of a letter we have in our collection written in 1805 by William Charles Wentworth (of Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth fame).