Inside the Collection

Organs for you

February 26, 2010

Lynne McNairn
It's Organ Donor Awareness Week and this reminded me of a very popular former exhibition object known as ‘Chocka Bits’ One of the most dramatic advances in surgery occurred when it became possible to replace body parts, either with artificial implants or with human or animal transplants.

Mystery Object

February 25, 2010

Erika Taylor
This intriguing little object found its way into a curator's hands this week. It appears to be some kind of clamp, you twist the gripped handle and the head of it opens. The other handle swings freely around the head.

Skiing: Norway, Cooma or Vancouver?

February 24, 2010

Debbie Rudder
With the Winter Olympics in full swing, skiing is in the news. Is that why the Powerhouse has a pair of ski stocks in a foyer showcase? Well, no. They are on temporary display to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Snowy Mountains Scheme.

Built for the Bush- bush architecture

February 22, 2010

Charles Pickett
The PHM has contributed several artefacts and photos to the exhibition Built for the Bush, currently touring several NSW museums. Curated by Richard Taylor of the Historic Houses Trust, Built for the Bush displays the environmentally friendly character of early bush architecture and its influence on contemporary architecture.

Stick this in ya fuse box: Bon Scott 9 July 1946 – 19 February 1980

February 19, 2010

Damian McDonald
       Hello, Howard, how ya doin’ friend; next door neighbour. Get your f#%*king jumbo jet outa my airport… Says Bon Scott in the end refrain of the 1976 song off AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap ‘Aint No Fun (Waitin’ ‘Round to Be a Millionaire)’.

Guest Curator: Maduncle Cliff: Steampunk part 2

February 17, 2010

Erika Taylor
The Museum was recently visited by artist, tinkerer, and 'Steampunk', Cliff Overton, who runs the 'Antipodean Steampunk Adventures' blog, and is currently exhibiting some of his works at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford as part of their 'Steampunk' exhibition.

Prisoner-of-war bone ship model

February 15, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
Imagine being a prisoner-of-war, locked in the hulk of an overcrowded, old ship. How would you pass your time? You could tell stories, daydream and reflect on ‘better times’ or perhaps make things out of the limited materials available to you – the clothes and jewellery on your body, left over food scraps or your own hair.

Have you weighed your handbag lately?

February 12, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
Friends often comment on the weight of my handbag, joking that I must be carrying around a brick (or two)! So, I decided it was time that my bag, on a typical working day, went for a ‘weigh-in’…3.6kg!

An Early Edison Tinfoil Sound Recording Machine

February 10, 2010

Geoff Barker
Edison Tinfoil Phonograph, gravity fed model, made by the London Stereoscopic Company (attributed), 1878-1888, H3168 This tin foil sound recording and play back machine has been in the collection since 1915.

Guest Curator – Maduncle Cliff, Steampunk part 1

February 8, 2010

Erika Taylor
The Museum was recently visited by artist, tinkerer, and 'Steampunk', Cliff Overton, who runs the 'Antipodean Steampunk Adventures' blog, and is currently exhibiting some of his works at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford as part of their 'Steampunk' exhibition.

Old battery reveals its secrets

February 5, 2010

Debbie Rudder
Have you ever chopped up a battery to see what's inside? I certainly did as a child (but please note this can be a dangerous activity). Years later I was delighted to find this carefully sectioned 1920s Columbia Ignitor on a shelf in the Powerhouse basement.

Samoan War Photographs 1899

February 3, 2010

Geoff Barker
Here, then, is a singular state of affairs: all the money, luxury, and business of the kingdom centred in one place; that place excepted from the native government and administered by whites for whites; and the whites themselves holding it not in common but in hostile camps, so that it lies between them like a bone between two dogs, each growling, each clutching his own end.