Inside the Collection

Barbie and Ken Fly Qantas

November 29, 2010

Geoff Barker
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.

Rocketing away!

November 26, 2010

Kerrie Dougherty
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.

What is significant?

November 24, 2010

Paul Donnelly
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.

Linking Napoleon, Byron . . . and Kings Cross

November 22, 2010

Paul Donnelly
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.

Hay Mower made by HV Mackay- Massey Harris

November 19, 2010

Sandra McEwen
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.

Rabbits, rabbits everywhere

November 17, 2010

Sidney Wilkinson-Flicker
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.

More Discoveries About A Hidden Musical Treasure: Robert Louis Stevenson

November 15, 2010

Michael Lee
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.

Two cities, two breweries, two designer projects

November 12, 2010

Charles Pickett
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.

For all objects great and small: coat hangers

November 9, 2010

Rebecca Evans
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.

Not the Melbourne Cup

November 2, 2010

Debbie Rudder
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'.