John Willmott Potts joined the catering section Qantas in 1964 and served in a number of postings in Mauritius, Papua New Guinea and the Cocos Islands. In 1974 he was posted in Darwin when cyclone Tracy hit and after this he returned to Sydney and completed his Flight Steward training.
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It’s a little known fact that Britain is the only country to have developed its own satellite launch capability and then abandoned it. Britain’s launch vehicle was called Black Arrow and it was launched four times from the Woomera Rocket Range in South Australia between 1969 and 1971 before the program was cancelled.
From the imposing Boulton and Watt steam engine to a delicate snuff box, all objects in the Museum’s collection are allocated a significance category. All objects in the Powerhouse Museum’s collection are cared for in ways that are designed to ensure they are preserved in optimum conditions for future generations.
Captain James Henry Crummer earned this Waterloo medal for his part in the final battles of the French and Napoleonic Wars (1792-1815) fought over continental Europe between neighbouring European states hostile to the French Revolution and Napoleon’s rise to power.
Old farm machinery has always been popular. Most farmers have one or two pieces tucked away in a shed or sitting proudly out in a paddock. Like beloved workhorses, the machines are allowed to retire gracefully and live out their days in peace.
G’day, mate! No wait! Don’t stop reading! I know it sounds ridiculous, but I’m just trying to fit in! My name’s Sidney Flicker and I am an American student studying at the University of Sydney.
The 13th November 2010 marks the 160th anniversary of the birth of author, Robert Louis Stevenson. Some visitors who have been to the Powerhouse Discovery Centre at Castle Hill may have seen his piano which has been part of the Museum’s musical instrument collection since the early 1960s.
By coincidence, two major city brewery sites are currently being redeveloped in both Sydney and Melbourne. The venerable Kent Brewery on Broadway, founded in 1835, is being transformed into Central Park, a new residential precinct.
This week is one of Planet Ark’s campaigns, National Recycling Week and is focusing on the recycling of household batteries, printer cartridges and mobile phones this year. Formed in 1992 Planet Ark is a not-for-profit company.
We are always talking about how strange, ecletic and vast the Museum's collection is. So I thought I might introduce you to group of quirky coat hangers from the Mid-Twentieth Century, that I came across last week.
The first Tuesday in November means one thing to most Australians: the Melbourne Cup. This year the race is being run for the 150th time, and the trophy is a fairly plain 18 carat gold 'loving cup'.