The ferries of Sydney are as synonymous to tourists and locals alike as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Ferries provided Sydney with its earliest public transport system. Over 20 years before steam railways began here in 1855, Sydney was using steam ferries to carry passengers, goods, vehicles and livestock across and around the harbour.
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On 23 May, 2013, Australians were stunned to learn that Ford was to finish production of cars in Australia in 2016. The first Ford cars were sold in Australia in 1904 and a sales office opened in Melbourne in 1909, established by Ford of Canada.
Mudgee is the place to be from 19th to 21st April. Historic engines and tractors will be there in force, but there will be a lot more to interest visitors, from Clydesdale horses to old-style games for children.
Imagine flying from England to Australia in a tiny ultralight aircraft with a cockpit not as big as a coffin and a flying speed of 90 kph. Well Brian Milton did just that as part of Australia's bicentenary celebrations.
With the NSW Government getting close to returning more trams (light rail) to Sydney I thought I would share with you probably the weirdest tram produced. While most trams were designed to carry the general public, some special-purpose ones were made to carry prisoners to and from gaol, stretchers on hospital trams during the influenza epidemic and breakdown trams to service the tram fleet.
The Museum's magnificent 1928 Type 37A supercharged Grand Prix Bugatti racing car would be on many a visitor's Christmas wish list. The car was the work of the brilliant designer, Ettore Bugatti (1881-1947).
With Christmas almost upon us and countless nativity plays and greeting cards featuring wise men and camels, my thoughts turn to a rare and interesting item in the Museum's collection I researched a number of years ago, a camel pack saddle.
One of the older and more unusual objects in our collection is the Japanese rickshaw which we've had at the Museum for 120 years. A rickshaw, or Jinrikisha, is a light, two-wheeled cart consisting of a doorless, chairlike body, mounted on springs with a collapsible hood and two shafts.
This charming drawing is from the cover of a sales catalogue for the 1929 range of Sunbeam motorcycles. The drawing shows a man astride his Sunbeam in the English countryside, with an empty country road stretched out behind him.
What do you get when you cross a BMX bike with a skateboard? A skate bike … a really unusual rear-wheel driven unicycle with a set of skateboard trucks and wheels at the front. Skate bikes enjoyed limited popularity during the 1980s and were made in both Florida and Los Angeles.
Why not a helicopter from Wynard to Town Hall? Charles Frederick Beauvais, an illustrator and industrial designer came up a with a variety of futurists transport solutions for Sydney in the 1940s. In this drawing of a futuristic Sydney he shows an helicopter bus service from Wynard Station to Sydney suburbs.
Our small (but beautiful) bicycle display has proved so popular that its run has been extended to 5 November 2012. Not surprisingly, the bicycle that attracts the most attention is the penny farthing.