Inside the Collection

Charles Darwin and Matthew Boulton

December 30, 2009

Debbie Rudder
We celebrated two bicentenaries in 2009: Matthew Boulton's death and Charles Darwin's birth. Is there a link between these two illustrious Englishmen? The key is the Lunar Society of Birmingham, which counted amongst its members Matthew Boulton, James Watt, Josiah Wedgwood and Erasmus Darwin.

Curating the seamy side- historic pubs in sydney

December 28, 2009

Charles Pickett
These bars were designed for binge drinking, 1930s style. In those days excessive boozing was usually called the six o’clock swill, a feature of NSW pubs from 1916 to 1955, the period when hotels had to close at six o’clock.

Meet the curator- Eva Czernis-Ryl

December 25, 2009

Eva Czernis-Ryl
Eva and part of the Doulton display in the ‘Inspired!’ exhibition. Above Bilton’s waratah plaque and jug, there is a stunning vase painted about 1900 by Edward Raby. Name Eva Czernis-Ryl What is your specialty area?

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2009

Melanie Pitkin
On this very festive day, I thought I would ‘unwrap’ for you some of the playful and eclectic Christmas related objects we have in our collection! Starting with this cardboard marionette of Santa Claus designed and printed by Raphael Tuck and Sons in Great Britain and made in Bavaria in 1905-1910.

Meet the curator- Anni Turnbull

December 23, 2009

Erika Taylor
Name Anni Turnbull What is your specialty area? I have worked on a diverse range of exhibitions during my time as a curator here, acquiring objects along the way. I’ve learnt about vastly different subject areas from car fanatics to futurists design and see myself as an interpreter, using a variety of tools to tell stories.

Christmas is the time for tipping….

December 21, 2009

Lynne McNairn
In the lead up to Christmas we are reminded by many causes and charities to remember those “less fortunate”. This Christmas card in our collection from the “Sanitary Man” (c.1950) reminds his customers of the nature of his service in its appeal for tips.

A daughter of Neptune – Annette Kellerman

December 18, 2009

Einar Docker
Earlier in the year, I took a break from Registration duties to complete an internship in the Curatorial department under the guidance and supervision of Peter Cox, Curator of Australian Social History, as part of a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies.

Model ship ‘Revenge’

December 16, 2009

Erika Taylor
The great thing about having our collection online is that it has made it very easy to search all the great objects we have hidden away! This model ship was recently discovered by a member of the public, on our online database.

Meet the curator- Kerrie Dougherty

December 14, 2009

Kerrie Dougherty
Name Kerrie Dougherty What is your speciality area? I’m the museum’s Curator of Space Technology and my areas of interest cover the history of astronautics and space flight, space education and public awareness, and social and cultural responses to space.

When Haute Couture is not Haute Couture

December 11, 2009

Melanie Pitkin
Which French fashion house refused to join the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisienne and still does not belong today (which technically means that this fashion house is not even recognised as Haute Couture in the legal sense!)?

First Powered Flight in Australia- Episode 4

December 9, 2009

Ian Debenham
Image courtesy of John Scott, 2009 Today marks the Centenary of Colin Defries's historic flight in his Wright Model A 'The Stella' at Victoria Park Racecourse on 9th December 1909. To recognise this, here is my fourth and final instalment of the saga...

Of Copenhagen, cute toys and carbon sinks

December 7, 2009

Debbie Rudder
Thinking about the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, it struck me as fitting that we have two cute Copenhagen-made wooden toys in our carbon sinks showcase in the exhibition Ecologic: creating a sustainable future.