Inside the Collection

Fashionable patchworks

October 27, 2010

Rebecca Evans
If you thought patchworks were just for Nannas, think again! The recent Erdem collection at London Fashion Week employed the use of beautiful patchwork-like prints and was received with praise by many fashion journalists and bloggers.

Does the idea of a hydrogen economy make your hair curl?

October 22, 2010

Debbie Rudder
Imagine lighting up this little mains-connected gas heater to warm your hair-curling tongs, or pressing your clothes with your iron connected to a gas outlet rather than a power point. And imagine that one of the major constituents of the gas is hydrogen.

Meet the conservator: Carey Ward

October 20, 2010

Erika Taylor
Meet Carey Ward, Project Manager, Conservation How did you come to work at the Museum? I started work at the Observatory in 1980 as the Scientific Instrument Maker and I was responsible for the maintenance of the clocks, telescopes and timeball, including making sure it dropped at 1.00 pm every day.

Pushing up daisies- a mortuary table

October 18, 2010

Damian McDonald
This mortuary table was used in the mortuary at St Joseph's Hospital, Auburn, in Sydney’s western suburbs in the 1940s and 1950s. It was used for both teaching and medical purposes. It was also used to prepare bodies for transport to funeral homes.

Vale Dame Joan Sutherland (1926-2010)

October 15, 2010

Michael Lee
The passing of the great Australian soprano Dame Joan Sutherland this week was a very sad event and her influence on Australian musical culture will be sorely missed. However, she also left a great legacy for those that had the privilege to know her and train and perform with her.

An Ellis Rowan Mystery

October 13, 2010

Lynne McNairn
This beautiful painting has been in our collection since the 1920’s. It is one of a collection of paintings by the well known botanical artist Ellis Rowan. A lot can happen to an object in 90 years.  The Museum has moved from the old Technical College Building to the current Powerhouse site, storage systems move and change, conservation treatment is undertaken, paintings may be framed for exhibition and then remounted for storage.

Meet the curator- Glynis Jones

October 8, 2010

Glynis Jones
Name: Glynis Jones (I often receive phone calls from gentlemen of a certain age who ask me if I appeared in Mary Poppins!!). What is your specialty area? I completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Archaeology and Fine Arts and a postgraduate degree in Museum Studies.

Conservator’s Corner: Knight in shining armour

October 5, 2010

Erika Taylor
We have had a Finnish furniture conservation student, Sanna Makarainen, with us in the Conservation Department undertaking a 3 month internship with Bronwen Griffin, Mixed Media Conservator. Sanna recently worked on a mounted knight for the Tinytorium exhibition.

Devereux Viola

October 1, 2010

Michael Lee
In the Museum's Conservation Department, Tim Morris and Bronwen Griffin have been taking apart an unusual tuning peg mechanism for a viola. The viola was made by John Devereux in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1869.