Inside the Collection

Category: Transport

The 1950s Australian Dream – Holdens, Victas and Mixmasters

August 22, 2018

Margaret Simpson
After the hardship and deprivation of the 1930s and the anxiety and rationing of the 1940s, Australia experienced great optimism, growth and prosperity in the 1950s. During this decade three Australian-made products were manufactured which became icons in our cultural history, Holden cars, Victa lawnmowers and Sunbeam Mixmasters.

The undies that almost stopped an Antarctic expedition

November 29, 2013

Margaret Simpson
These two pairs of undies are part of a large collection of equipment and personal items used by Antarctic adventurers James Castrission (Cas) and Justin Jones (Jonsey) on their 'Crossing the Ice' Antarctic expedition to the South Pole, 2011-2012.

Taronga Park Zoo monkey bike

November 20, 2013

Margaret Simpson
Do you remember the monkeys riding tiny bicycles at Sydney's Taronga Park Zoo? This miniature tandem bicycle was made for the Zoo's monkey circus and used between 1936 and 1940. It's one of the most unusual bicycles produced by the Sydney firm, Edworthy Cycle & Motor Works.

The Nota Fang – an Australian-made sports car

November 15, 2013

Margaret Simpson
This Australian-designed and built sports racing car is the prototype for the Nota Type IV 'Fang' in the RT (Road Track) Series. It was manufactured in 1971 by a small Sydney-based automobile manufacturer, Nota Engineering, of 40 Smith Street, Parramatta, probably the oldest specialist manufacturer of sports cars in Australia.

These petrol pumps are history, but what’s the future?

November 6, 2013

Debbie Rudder
  Young Sydney engineer Frank Hammond invented the 'visible volumetric' petrol pump around 1920 and licensed his patent rights to manufacturers in Australia and the UK. Garages purchased visible pumps to ensure that they were supplying an accurately measured volume of petrol, or ‘motor spirit’, to each customer.

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.

Navy ships in Sydney Harbour, 1940s

October 4, 2013

Anni Turnbull
In recent years the sight of Sydney Harbour filled with navy ships is not a very common sight, particularly war ships. On Friday 4th October, 2013 the harbour will again be filled with war ships, this time from 20 nations to mark the centenary of the arrival of Australia's first fleet of seven warships in 1913.

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.

Paddle steamers – one of Australia’s inland pioneering transport systems

September 16, 2013

Margaret Simpson
Have you been down to Echuca in Victoria on the Murray River (the NSW and Victorian border) and been for a ride on a paddle steamer? The story of the paddle steamers is one of Australia's amazing inland pioneering transport systems on a par with the camel trains, bullock drays and Cobb and Co coaches.

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?

It’s 40 years since the Leyland P76 car

June 26, 2013

Margaret Simpson
Forty years ago today, on 26 June 1973 the Leyland P76 was launched to a waiting Australian public. The V-8 version was named 'Wheels Magazine's' 1973 Car of the Year. It said: The...totally new Leyland sedan emerged as a dynamic and remarkably fine motor car, surely destined to push Leyland up the ladder, both in Australia and in export markets.