Inside the Collection

Category: People and practice

Marea Gazzard, AO, CBA (1928- 2013)

October 30, 2013

Anni Turnbull
The Powerhouse Museum, along with many others in the fields of visual arts and crafts, was sad to hear of the death of Marea Gazzard, on 28th October, 2013. Marea Gazzard was an important figure in the chronology of Australian postwar ceramics, both as a significant and influential innovator in her own work and also in her support of the Australian crafts movement.

Vintage Farm Machinery – a Museum volunteer’s experience

October 28, 2013

Margaret Simpson
Before my recent role as a volunteer, any semblance of interest towards farm machinery and equipment came from when I was as a small child, diligently preparing the family vegie garden by raking the soil with all the exuberance that a young child could muster.

Billycarts

October 14, 2013

Margaret Simpson
  Did you see that amazingly candid and moving interview with Clive James the other week? He spoke with great affection about his "Unreliable Memoirs" growing up in Sydney's Kogarah. Funniest of all was his account of his billycart "super-train" taking out Mrs Branthwait's prize poppy garden in Irene Street.

Sailor suits and the Sydney Naval Review

October 9, 2013

Margaret Simpson
With thousands of sailors in Sydney this week for the International Fleet Review, celebrating 100 years since the Australian Navy sailed into Sydney Harbour in 1913, I thought I'd write about children's sailor suits.

The Australian Navy’s centenary, October 2013

September 30, 2013

Debbie Rudder
To mark the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy, I’ve chosen to feature this naval phone, one of several that were crucial to the operation of the navy’s first flagship, HMAS Australia. I have a particular interest in that ship because my grandfather served on it for much of the First World War. The ‘loud-speaking’ hands-free voice-activated phone was used to communicate between the bridge and engine room.

Propeller from Sir Charles Kingsford Smith’s Southern Cross

September 25, 2013

Margaret Simpson
I must have walked past the mounted row of wooden propellers in our large transport store dozens and dozens of times without registering what I was seeing. They are all mostly of beautiful polished timber but it's the broken one that's should have caught my eye.

Learning from Denise Scott Brown

September 20, 2013

Charles Pickett
You might have been following the controversy about Denise Scott Brown and the Pritzker Prize. In 1991 Scott Brown’s husband and professional partner Robert Venturi was awarded the Pritzker Prize (often described as architecture’s Nobel Prize).

Museum blogs, a few favourites in 2013

September 18, 2013

Anni Turnbull
When Emily Thomas wrote her guide to the top 100 museum related blogs in July 14, 2009  it was an interesting and brave attempt to list engaging, informative and ongoing Museological posts. I say brave as things don't stay stationary on the web, and something that was good one minute can be gone the next.

Happy Wattle Day 2013

September 1, 2013

Lynne McNairn
September 1st is Wattle Day, the perfect excuse to feature another of Agard Hagman's lovely botanical illustrations from  1888. The Museum's first Curator, Joseph Maiden (later Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens) was a well known wattle enthusiast.

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.