Inside the Collection

Gatsby-style

July 31, 2013

Charles Pickett
A couple of month’s back I was contacted by a Daily Telegraph journo, doing a story about Sydney’s ‘Gatsby-style’ mansions. Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby had just hit the screens and the media was searching for evidence that 1920s Sydney had glamour to match that of New York.

Report from a Powerhouse Regional Internship program 2013

July 29, 2013

Anni Turnbull
Hi – We are – Beth Anastasiou and David Hampton. We currently work at Newcastle Museum. Beth works as the Business Support Assistant coordinating venue hire and assisting with museum administrative duties and David works as Public Programs Assistant and Senior Visitor Services Officer.

A Mallee for National Tree Day 2013

July 26, 2013

Lynne McNairn
National Tree Day  is a community tree planting event held at the end July.  Schools Tree Day is today,  26th July 2013 and it seemed like a good excuse to feature another of Agard Hagman's paintings from 1888.

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (1935-2013)

July 24, 2013

Paul Donnelly
Gwyn Hanssen Pigott was one of Australia's most illustrious studio ceramicists whose fine skill and cerebral approach to her art will be greatly missed. After a 1960s to 70s repertoire of stone ware, from the 1980s Gwyn became famous for her fine and translucent porcelain forms - bottles, bowls and teapots - deceptively simple but actually requiring great technical skill and firing control.

The automaton, early robot or über-puppet?

July 22, 2013

Deborah Turnbull
As one of the three ISEA2013 exhibitions closes this week, I found myself reflecting on the artworks and wondering at the possible connections to our collection.  One of the most unusual works to experience in Synapse | a selection was Kirsty Boyle’s video Ningyo.

An armchair from the wilderness

July 17, 2013

Lynne McNairn
This armchair titled 'Peninsula Tasmania' was made by Gay Hawkes in Melbourne in 1985. It is made from shipwreck hardwood, collected at Forestier Peninsula in Tasmania and King William pine. Tourists drive across the Forestier Peninsula on the way to Port Arthur but it remains very undeveloped and there appear to be few roads to the wild east coast where the artist was probably camped.

Whispering in the basement- Mannequins in museums

July 15, 2013

Anni Turnbull
This image above is from a series by Museum photographer, Geoff Friend capturing the secret world of mannequins. Sometimes when venturing into the basement or workshop areas, particularly late in the afternoon I feel I have interrupted murmurings between mannequins.

Technologies that changed our mind

July 10, 2013

Sandra McEwen
If you could nominate just one technology that's changed your life, what would it be? There are plenty that we wouldn't want to live without, but some technologies have affected us so profoundly that they've changed the way we think.

Feeling the vibe with a Frahm tachometer

July 8, 2013

Debbie Rudder
This rugged hand-held precision instrument is unlike any tachometer I’ve ever seen. It’s more musical than mechanical, and it needs no power source other than the piece of machinery whose speed the user wants to check.

Farewell to Sydney’s Monorail

July 1, 2013

Margaret Simpson
Update (5/2/14): View the Monorail in our collection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALuU_-8Mnwo Monorail coming into the maintenance depot on the traverser. Photo by Geoff Friend. Were you one of the thousands of well wishers who said goodbye to Sydney's Monorail last weekend?