Inside the Collection

On the sixth day of Christmas

December 31, 2010

Rebecca Evans
my true love gave to me.... six geese a laying. Six geese from the Powerhouse Museum Collection. From left to right: 2002/58/5-44 Toy farm goose, painted lead, William Britain Ltd, England, 1930 - 1939 A4855 Haircomb, tortoiseshell/gilt brass/coral, unknown maker, Japan, 1800-1868 92/1403 Rank badge, wild goose insignia, embroidered silk, China, c.

On the fifth day of Christmas

December 30, 2010

Rebecca Evans
my true love gave to me.... five golden rings. Daniel Kruger is a contemporary jeweller who was shown in the Museums 1984 exhibition, Cross Currents. Kruger describes his work as, '...both jewellery and an artefact conceived and made by one person for the enjoyment by another person'.

On the fourth day of Christmas

December 29, 2010

Erika Taylor
my true love gave to me.... four calling birds. 89/608-7 Box, 1 of 12, "Four Calling Birds" part of "Surprise Boxes - Twelve Years of Christmas", silver gilt, Stuart Devlin, London, 1970. This image features a beautiful textile length by Nineteenth Century designer, William Morris.

On the second day of christmas

December 27, 2010

Rebecca Evans
my true love gave to me...two turtle doves. With 600,000 objects you would think it would be easy to track down two turtle doves or at least two doves in the collection. High and low I looked but with no luck.

On the first day of Christmas

December 26, 2010

Erika Taylor
Traditionally the 12 days of Christmas start on December 26th. To celebrate we are going to bring you some of our collection objects each day. May Christmas and the New Year bring all of our readers the best of times.

A very special Christmas present – a swaggie doll

December 24, 2010

Margaret Simpson
This doll, dressed as a swagman, was made in the 1933 by Rita Williams as a Christmas gift for her four-year-old daughter Barbara. With limited material scraps and a doll's head found in a rubbish bin, Rita was inspired to make and dress the doll in the clothes of the old swagmen who lived near the canal in front of her Merrylands home in outer Sydney.

Celebrating Christmas with Australian flowers

December 23, 2010

Anni Turnbull
When was Australian flora first used to celebrate Christmas? (Image: from Christmas bells floral design, Plate, porcelain by Reginald Austin for Royal Worchester, England , retailed by Flavelle Bros Ltd, Sydney, 1912-14.) Letters from settlers in the colony of News South Wales in the 1830s described the use of Australian native plants like Christmas bush and Christmas bells.

That time of year

December 21, 2010

Sarah Jane Wick
In case you hadn’t noticed Christmas is upon us once again! The Museum's collection is not without festive cheer, 1032 objects have ‘Christmas’ in the tile. Christmas is the one time of the year people send cards all around the world all for the same purpose; check out some of the Museum's amazing Christmas cards below Some cards to sent to the relies overseas who believe that Kangaroos roam the streets even at Christmas or a casual reminder that we celebrate Christmas without snow.

New Giles Bettison commission for the Powerhouse Museum

December 16, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
With the continuing generous support of ADFAS, Ku-ring-gai branch, the Powerhouse Museum has recently acquired what is undoubtedly the most striking glass vessel from Giles Bettison’s ‘Lace’ series.

The Fibro frontier

December 14, 2010

Charles Pickett
The NSW Ombudsman Bruce Barbour has just released a report about asbestos and its terrible legacy. According to the report asbestos-related disease will soon be killing more people in Australia than car and traffic accidents.

Scale model cars

December 9, 2010

Debbie Rudder
Ever dreamed of owning a Bugatti, perhaps one like this 1930 Royale Coupe Napoleon? Or a Roller, Porsche or Corvette? The Powerhouse recently acquired a collection of nicely detailed 1:24 scale model cars that includes examples of all these makes.