Inside the Collection

Flappers, Frocks and Fashioning the Modern Woman, Tales from the Australian Dress Register

February 27, 2013

Anni Turnbull
The end of the First World War saw a tremendous change in society and the horrors of war prompted people to question the rigorous social and moral values of the preceding Edwardian Era. As with any time in fashion history, contemporary concerns and thought affected fashion and so, the nineteen twenties came to symbolise in dress everything that the end of the First World War had brought about –relaxed social attitudes, greater freedoms for women, an economic and creative boom, and most importantly the turn towards ‘modernity’.

Aboriginal Breast Plates

February 25, 2013

Geoff Barker
Aboriginal breastplates, like this one, are rare reminders of the relationships that once existed between the Indigenous population of Australia and the European colonists. These breastplates were similar in design to the gorgets worn by Officers in British Regiments and were tailor-made for the recipient  As a result the inscriptions and motifs are significant records from the early colonial period right up to the 1930s when they appear to have stopped making breastplates.

Ben Hall, Australian Bushranger

February 20, 2013

Geoff Barker
 In the years following the 1850s gold rush a new breed of entrepreneur, the Australian bush ranger, took center stage. And even though they held up gold and mail coaches, killed travellers, and in some instances took entire town’s hostage many have been described favourably by historians.

Beyond the object: collecting design process material

February 18, 2013

Debbie Rudder
This neat Australian-made Braille note-taker, the Jot a Dot,  is on display in the Powerhouse Museum's version of Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention. I selected it to complement the story of inventor Louis Braille, which came with the exhibition but without any objects.

The Clare is closing

February 13, 2013

Charles Pickett
The Clare Hotel on Broadway is closing this year. It will open again, but not as the comfortably crumpled venue of recent times. The Clare’s past and likely future are reflective of the fortunes of Sydney pubs.

Expedition to establish first Meteorological Observatory Kosciuszko, 1897

February 11, 2013

Geoff Barker
There are numerous ways in which information is added to our collection. One of the most obvious is a result of the work done by staff to update our records but another important source of information comes as a result of the continual enquiries and suggestions from the general public.

Happy Lunar New Year, Year of the Snake

February 10, 2013

Min-Jung Kim
The Lunar New Year is the most significant annual celebration for Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures. Today (10th of February 2013) is the Lunar New Year better known as Chinese New Year, and begins 'The Year of Black Snake'.

Demolishing Darling Harbour

February 6, 2013

Charles Pickett
You might have read recently in the Sydney Morning Herald about the planned demolition of Sydney Convention Centre at Darling Harbour. The Centre’s architect John Andrews is not surprisingly unimpressed that another of his Australian designs is under threat after a mere 25 years of use.

Farewell to curator, Christina Sumner, OAM

February 4, 2013

Anne-Marie Van de Ven
On the eve of of Christina Sumner's departure we asked her a few questions about her experiences at the Museum over the last 28 years. What have you enjoyed the most about working in the Museum? Always always always it's been the people and the collection.

“Sometimes, when we reach for the stars, we fall short…”

February 1, 2013

Kerrie Dougherty
The end of January and beginning of February is always tinged with sadness for those interested in space flight, for it is within this period that the anniversaries occur of the three US space disasters that resulted in the loss of astronaut lives.