Inside the Collection

Category: People and practice

Meet the curator- Anni Turnbull

December 23, 2009

Erika Taylor
Name Anni Turnbull What is your specialty area? I have worked on a diverse range of exhibitions during my time as a curator here, acquiring objects along the way. I’ve learnt about vastly different subject areas from car fanatics to futurists design and see myself as an interpreter, using a variety of tools to tell stories.

Meet the curator- Kerrie Dougherty

December 14, 2009

Kerrie Dougherty
Name Kerrie Dougherty What is your speciality area? I’m the museum’s Curator of Space Technology and my areas of interest cover the history of astronautics and space flight, space education and public awareness, and social and cultural responses to space.

Meet the curator- Nick Lomb

September 29, 2009

Nick Lomb
Name Dr Nick Lomb (retired December 2009) What is your speciality area? By training I am an astronomer, but my full official title is curator of astronomy, timekeeping, navigation, meteorology, surveying and the history of Sydney Observatory.

Meet the curator- Ian Debenham

September 25, 2009

Ian Debenham
Name Ian Debenham (retired February 2010) What is your specialty area? In a former life, I was a Licence Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with Qantas who left and obtained an Honours Degree in Ancient History - Roman economic history to be precise.

Who was John Slade?

September 4, 2009

Anni Turnbull
Slade was an errand boy and in 1825 sentenced to be transported to the Colony of New South Wales for the period of his natural life. We know his crime was house breaking and after serving 22 years of a life sentence he was given a conditional pardon for good behaviour.

Alastair Morrison

August 18, 2009

Christina Sumner
Alastair Morrison, Life Fellow and great friend of the Powerhouse Museum, passed away on Tuesday 4 August, aged 93. Alastair was one of the Museum’s most consistent and generous donors over a long period of time, in particular with gifts to the Asian collections and working closely with curator Claire Roberts.

Ambrotype of the Premier of New South Wales Charles Cowper, 1859

August 14, 2009

Geoff Barker
This photograph is of Charles Cowper, the second Premier of New South Wales, and his ministry. Sometimes referred to as ‘Slippery Charlie’, Cowper appears to have lived up to his name as he was elected premier five times between 1856 and 1870.

Meet the curator- Lindie Ward

August 7, 2009

Lindie Ward
Name Lindie Ward What is your specialty area? Textiles, lace, dress and shoes. How long have you been working at the Museum? Since 1990. What is your favourite object in the collection? Very hard to answer.

Meet the curator- Melanie Pitkin

July 17, 2009

Melanie Pitkin
Name Melanie Pitkin What is your speciality area? My academic background is in Ancient History and Egyptology so my main specialty area is actually Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period history.

Michael Jackson- death of a pop icon

June 26, 2009

Erika Taylor
Everyone at the Powerhouse Museum was saddened to hear of the death of Michael Jackson this morning. He was an unmistakable icon of pop culture. Who can forget the 1982 album “Thriller” , which was one of the world’s highest selling records, and its video film clip which revolutionised the pop music film clip industry.

Meet the curator- Michael Lea

June 17, 2009

Michael Lee
Name Michael Lea What is your speciality area? Music and musical instruments. It’s a very diverse area so covers a lot of ground from historical to contemporary aspects through to musical traditions from a variety of cultures.

Meet the curator- Debbie Rudder

June 3, 2009

Debbie Rudder

My main research interests are: how our past use of energy informs present and future energy use; and the history and practice of innovation.