Year: 2011

It’s holiday time…lets go caravanning

January 27, 2011

For many people growing up in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s Christmas holidays meant four weeks at a beachside caravan park. The Museum has two caravans from this period with wonderful original interiors.

Happy Australia Day

January 26, 2011

I thought I would combine the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet on January 26th 1788, with the recent launch of our very own Wordpress collection plugin, to bring you a selection of objects themed "Australia Day".

The Cryptograph

January 25, 2011

Charles Wheatstone was interested in codes and ciphers and as part of his recreational activities amused himself by deciphering coded correspondence in the notices of daily newspapers usually sent between clandestine lovers or men concealing matters of business.

My experiences with the Powerhouse’s Movable Heritage Fellowship

January 24, 2011

I will always remember the day I was told I had been awarded the Powerhouse Museum Movable Heritage Fellowship for 2009. It was just one of those unforgettable occasions. It wasn’t too long before Christmas and I was making hundreds of tiny gingerbread men to give away as gifts.

James Bond’s Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5

January 20, 2011

With the new spy exhibition on at the Museum I thought I’d write about what was probably the most popular diecast toy car ever produced, the gold Aston Martin DB5 as seen in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger.

James Watt’s chemistry

January 19, 2011

19 January 2011 is the 275th anniversary of James Watt's birthday. Because this is the International Year of Chemistry, to mark his birthday let's take a look at Watt's work as a chemist rather than as an engineer.

New Aquisitions

January 18, 2011

Many people don't realise that our curators actively acquire objects for the Museum's collection. We are going to start featuring our recent acqusitions on the blog. I hope you enjoy them! This poster is one of several created for Anne Zahalka's exhibition Homeground!, which was displayed on four Newtown hotels during May 2010.

Sailing VJs

January 13, 2011

With the famous 2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race recently finished I thought it would be timely to write about Sydney’s famous sailing skiff, the VJ, on which many of the Sydney to Hobart yachties would have learnt to sail.

A generous gift to Queensland flood victims

January 11, 2011

One of the most heart-warming stories associated with the current Queensland floods is the gift from the Sri Lankan government of a large consignment of black tea. The people of Sri Lanka remember the assistance given to them by Australians after the 2004 tsunami, which had a terrible impact on the small island nation, and it is wonderful of them to reciprocate in Queenslanders' hour of need.

Dahl and Geoffrey Collings, Maholy Nagy and others

January 11, 2011

This is the second post in our series based on the cataloguing of 2007/30/1, the archive of Dahl and Geoffrey Collings, specifically on the Christmas and New Year’s cards sent to them by family, friends and professional colleagues.

Faded glory or historically charming?

January 11, 2011

The assigned value and significance of objects is in a state of perpetual flux. Evolving digital technologies (like the potential to create high resolution scans from original negative and positive formats and distribute these over the web) contributes to, engages with and draws attention to this constant process of change.

On the twelfth day of Christmas

January 6, 2011

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Twelve drummers drumming, Eleven pipers piping, Ten lords a-leaping, Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a-milking, Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree!