Inside the Collection

Remembering the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games – volunteers uniform

July 30, 2012

Lynne McNairn
If you were living in or visiting Sydney during the year 2000 Olympic Games it seemed that every second person was wearing this uniform. The colourful and highly visible design could not be mistaken for anything else and was worn proudly by people from all walks of life and all shapes and sizes.

Olympic Games Torch, let the games begin

July 27, 2012

Anni Turnbull
  As the the 2012 Olympic Games opens in London who can forget the excitement of the Olympic Games in Sydney, the touring of the Olympic torch around the country and moment of lighting at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000?

Farewell Sally Ride, first US woman in Space (1951-2012)

July 25, 2012

Kerrie Dougherty
This week we have said goodbye to Dr. Sally K. Ride, the first American woman to make a spaceflight and a passionate promoter of science and engineering education for girls, who passed away on July 23 after a seventeen month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Midwifery training simulator

July 23, 2012

Damian McDonald
Many objects in the Powerhouse Museum’s health and medicine collection have a visceral, unique and incidental beauty to them. The skull saw , the mortuary table, even the speculums.  And some objects engender an inspired beauty in both form and function, such as the obstetric phantom.

How to make a stained glass window, Handel-style

July 18, 2012

Melanie Pitkin
Picture a large stained glass window inside a cathedral. You see a variety of colours - perhaps a contrast of red and blue, long slivers of yellow, or a striking sea of white. A pattern emerges, changing your interpretation of the window.

Ramadan, Eid prayers and the Museum

July 16, 2012

Melanie Pitkin
From the end of this week until August 19 is Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. During this time, Muslims fast everyday from dawn to sunset with the purpose of cleansing their mind and body, practicing self-discipline and re-focusing their worshop on god.

Luna Park’s past, Larry and Lizzy Luna

July 11, 2012

Anni Turnbull
Luna Park opened in Sydney in 1935 and it used to house the charming Mr & Mrs Luna, two larger than life caricatures. Their creator is Leigh Hobbs who after graduating from art school in 1973, had his first job - at age 21 - at Sydney’s Luna Park, an amusement park next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, where he worked as an artist.

Museum Mythbusters – the graphite elephant story

July 9, 2012

Geoff Barker
For most of the hundred-plus years this graphite elephant has been in the Powerhouse Museum’s collections it has been inextricably tied to the Garden Palace fire of 1882. The main reason for this has been the ongoing claims that the elephant was one of the only Museum objects to survive the flames.

Celebrating 80 years of the ABC with Bellbird

July 6, 2012

Peter Cox
Next in our series of posts marking the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's 80th anniversary, here is another object relating to Australia's national broadcaster, from the Powerhouse Museum's collection.

Celebrating 80 years of the ABC with Lucky Starr on Six O’Clock Rock

July 4, 2012

Peter Cox
We are marking the 80th anniversary of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation by highlighting some related objects and images in the Powerhouse Museum's collection. This photograph was taken by Bob Eaton, while working as part of the technical crew at ABC television studios at Sydney's Gore Hill, in 1960 or 1961.

Celebrating 80 years of the ABC with Adventure Island

July 2, 2012

Peter Cox
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is celebrating 80 years of service. The Powerhouse Museum's collection includes some great objects relating to the history of Australia's national broadcaster.