The story of the creation of the Powerhouse museum starts with the project to host an international exhibition in the grounds of the Sydney Domain in 1879. Based on similar displays in London and Paris it drew from around the world all manner of objects relating to the industrial and applied arts.These were all to be housed in the ‘Garden Palace’ exhibition building, which was designed in a week and built in less than a year. It opened its doors on 17 September 1879 and closed them seven months later after over a million visitors had passed through its gates.
2 – Vegetable products from raw material through various stages of manufacture
3 – Waste products
4 – Foods animal and vegetable
5 – Economic entomology showing products and specimens both injurious and beneficial to humans
6 – Economic geological specimens including ore of metals, building materials and examples of their manufacture – some of these were to be built into the museum building itself.
7 – Educational apparatus, school fittings, maps, scientific instruments of greatest value to teachers.
8 – Sanitary and Hygienic appliances
9 – Mining engineering machinery
10 – Models drawings and descriptions of patents
11 – Agricultural Tools
12 – Ethnological specimens
13 – Historical furniture
14 – Photographs, plasters, electrotype representations of specimens not obtainable for collection
15 – Exhibition catalogues, trade journals, and descriptions of new processes
16 – Provide access to collections & instruction to regional museums & mechanics institutes
17 – A chemical lab installed at the museum
18 – Provide instruction to those who have left school