Inside the Collection

Scopitone: the iPod macro

November 30, 2009

Damian McDonald
Video killed the radio star. Television killed the coffee bar. Or at least fatally wounded it in the 1960s. In post WWII Western Europe, the US and Australia, people were staying home to watch the telly; and milk bars, cafes, arcades and nigh clubs began to suffer.

Dior Couture Inside Out

November 27, 2009

Melanie Pitkin
To fully appreciate Haute Couture and the workmanship involved, you need to look beyond the exterior at the cut, stitching and underpinning. So, we’ve decided to turn one of our Dior garments inside out, the one we believe belonged to Mrs Elizabeth Parke Firestone (or her daughter, also called Elizabeth - thanks Bob!), which I blogged about earlier!

First Powered Flight in Australia- Episode 2

November 25, 2009

Ian Debenham
Colin Defries and the first powered flight in Australia Just four days after George made the first free heavier-than-air flight in the glider at Narrabeen, a young Englishman, Colin Defries left the ground in a Wright Model A, that he had named The Stella after his new wife, at Victoria Park race course south of Sydney.

A. A. Stewart model engines

November 23, 2009

Debbie Rudder
Model steam engines can be very engaging, especially those carefully engineered to run on steam or, less authentically but more conveniently, on compressed air. The hobby of making model engines has long supported clubs, magazines, suppliers and competitions, and lately it has spawned dedicated websites offering kits, tools, projects and tips.

Who wore this Dior?

November 20, 2009

Melanie Pitkin
Haute Couture (or “High Fashion”), as the name suggests, is not for just anyone. It is the pinnacle of fashion, made specifically to the exact dimensions of the wearer, in high quality, luxurious fabrics, virtually all by hand (the seams are machine sewn), and a single garment can take up to 4 months to make.

Old things in new ways…

November 18, 2009

Rebecca Evans
Looking at old things in new ways is one of the Museum’s best talents. Recently while Conservation Photographer, Kate Pollard and I were photographing this beautiful Doulton vase from 1882 we quickly realised that it had a fantastic painting of Farm Cove and the Garden Palace from the same period.

First Powered Flight in Australia- Episode 1

November 16, 2009

Ian Debenham
George and Florence Taylor, the first untethered heavier-than-air flights On December 5, 1909 George Augustine Taylor became the first man in Australia to fly an untethered heavier-than-air craft.

First Powered Flight in Australia- Intro

November 16, 2009

Ian Debenham
On December 9th this year the Museum will celebrate the centenary of the first powered flight in Australia through a joint meeting with the Royal Aeronautical Society and Aviation Historical Society of NSW and a small foyer showcase display.

Happy Friday the 13th!

November 13, 2009

Erika Taylor
Unlucky Friday the 13th is apparently the most popular superstition in the world. I, for one, do not have supersititious beliefs, I open umbrellas inside, I like black cats, and I confidently walk under ladders.

On loan from the Smithsonian

November 10, 2009

Kerrie Dougherty
Curators at the Powerhouse not only research information about the artefacts in our own collection, from time to time we assist external colleagues with their object research as well. Satellite propulsion engineer Alan Lawrie, author of histories of the Saturn V and Saturn I rockets, contacted the museum seeking information about the F-1 rocket motor in the Space exhibition.

The Berlin Wall- 20 years on

November 9, 2009

Erika Taylor
"This ninth of November is a historic day." East Germany "has announced that, starting immediately, its borders are open to everyone." Today marks 20 years that have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the ‘Iron Curtain’ separating East and West Berlin, Germany.

Fashions on the Court

November 6, 2009

Melanie Pitkin
Nowadays, watching tennis is as much of a sport as playing it! While there is the game itself, the on court fashion is equally a crowd pleaser. During the Hopman Cup in Perth earlier this year, tennis legend Margaret Court observed that players' outfits make them "look like they should be on the beach".