Inside the Collection

The Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie chairs: reunited

June 30, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
This year marks the Bicentenary of Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie's arrival in New South Wales. Lachlan was the sixth Governor of New South Wales (succeeding William Bligh), best known for his ambitious programme of public works, which included the construction of new buildings, bridges, towns, wharves and roads, including the Rum Hospital and the greater western suburbs of Windsor and Richmond.

Meet the curator- Alysha Buss

June 28, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
Name: Alysha Buss What is your specialty area? At university I completed a Bachelor of Arts where I majored in Archaeology (Classical and Near Eastern) and Heritage Studies, and also studied Art History and Anthropology.

Celebrating refugee week (June 20th- 26th)

June 23, 2010

Anni Turnbull
This years theme for refugee week (June 20th 26th) is “freedom from fear" This coverlet or story cloth is an example of the embroidery skills practised by the Lao Hmong when in refugee camps in Thailand after the Vietnam war.

Regional Services: Eden Workshop

June 23, 2010

Rebecca Pinchin
Our Regional Services Program recently held a conservation workshop in the small town of Eden, NSW. This intriguing object was brought to the workshop by Joanne Grant of the Mallacoota Bunker Museum who was seeking advice on its conservation.

The Anarchist Handbook

June 18, 2010

Geoff Barker
Way before the Sex Pistols came up with ‘Anarchy in the U.K.’ Australia had its own band of anarchists working throughout the 1890s to undermine the political landscape. This hand-carved woodcut is a genuine slice of subversive Australian history and was used to produce the cover of the ‘Handbook of Anarchy’, published by John Arthur Andrews in July 1894.

Conservator’s Corner- Changing preservation practices

June 16, 2010

Erika Taylor
Tim Morris, conservator metal and small technology, is currently working on a model that demonstrates a principle of physics. It was conserved in 1986 using products that would be used if it was to be operated on a regular basis.

Ready for Winter?

June 15, 2010

Lynne McNairn
In Sydney, we have just had our first “cold snap” for Winter and this made me think of these Electric Slippers from our collection. The slippers were made by the Sharp Corporation in Japan. They feature thick rubber soles with an electric cord leading from the front toe of each slipper.

Beginning Electronic Music- Tristram Cary part 3

June 11, 2010

Stephen Jones
see parts one and two of this blog post In 1965 Moog and the American composer, Eric Siday, conceived a single package which would contain versions of the many different devices used in the studio. Moog then assembled these into a modular system containing several voltage controlled oscillators, voltage controlled filters, envelope generators and voltage controlled amplifiers in a single package.

The Intern and the Antiquities: Ancient Greece (part one)

June 8, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
Did you know the Powerhouse Museum has a strong collection of Greek antiquities dating as far back as 3000 years? Some of you may remember a number of these from our exhibition '1000 Years of the Olympic Games: treasures of Ancient Greece' in 2000.

The Designer World Cup

June 7, 2010

Charles Pickett
The imminent World Cup, kicking off on 11 June, attracts attention in many ways. For many fans the look of the game is almost as important as the way it is played. To some extent this aesthetic attitude is shared by FIFA, which bans advertising from the playing pitch as well as restricting the size and amount of advertising on players’ clothing (no advertising at all is permitted on national team strips).

Beginning Electronic Music- Tristram Cary part 2

June 4, 2010

Stephen Jones
Please note this post is part of a series. For part one of the Tristram Cary story, see here. By 1962 Cary was not the only composer including electronic and concrete sounds in their work. In 1957 Daphne Oram and Desmond Briscoe began developing what they called “Radiophonic” sound for broadcasts of drama from the BBC Third Programme.