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Happy Birthday to our Sydney Opera House

October 20, 2015

On this day in 1973, Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Sydney Opera House. The ABC beamed the occasion by satellite to an appreciative world. Closer to home there were sighs of relief from the politicians, architects and engineers who had, to that time, weathered one controversy after another.

Happy 160th Birthday Sydney Trains

September 26, 2015

Today marks 160 years since the first railway officially opened in New South Wales on 26 September 1855 between Sydney and Parramatta. As the North West Rail Link (now called Sydney Metro Northwest) continues to be constructed by the NSW Government in 2015, providing much-needed public transport, NSW's first railway to Parramatta wasn't for commuters but the first step in a line destined for Bathurst and Goulburn.

An Interview with Collette Dinnigan

September 23, 2015

Iconic fashion designer Collette Dinnigan has been creating beautiful clothing for more than 25 years. On the eve of our new exhibition, Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced, she spoke to MAAS curator Glynis Jones, about her background, inspiration and changes in the industry throughout her career.

Our Curators are Ready for Ask a Curator Day

September 15, 2015

Our curators have a huge job caring for our enormous and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects! Their areas of expertise are as diverse and interesting as the scope of the Museum's collection.

Ten Favourite Beards from the Collection

September 5, 2015

We've amassed some beards in our collection! Curator, Rebecca Evans, takes us through her favourites. 1. Christmas card by Dahl and Geoffrey Collings This card (at top) features a cartoon of a giant, a representation of iconic Australian actor Chips Rafferty, sitting on a stool having his huge beard combed by a tiny female figure, Quentin Rafferty.

The Goods Line – then and now

September 3, 2015

Yesterday I took a stroll along Sydney's newest pedestrian walkway, The Goods Line. It opened last Sunday (30 August 2015) and goes from the Ultimo Road railway bridge to the Museum's new entrance in Macarthur Street, Ultimo, an inner Sydney suburb.

Vale Peter Rushforth, a great Australian ceramicist

August 4, 2015

Peter Rushforth was one of Australia’s great ceramicists. Along with a number of his contemporaries, including his early mentor Allan Lowe, Rushforth shared an abiding interest in Asian, especially Chinese and Japanese ceramic aesthetics, philosophies and traditions.

Henry Ford’s Model T and its impact in Australia

July 30, 2015

It was Henry Ford's dream to "democratise the automobile" by not only making it available to the rich but to everyone. He did this by producing the inexpensive Model T, a car which took the world by storm and was a significant invention during the Industrial Revolution.

Shirley Martin: Australian industrial designer

July 29, 2015

Shirley Martin was a female industrial designer based in Sydney who had a long and illustrious career as a post-WWII Australian textile and ceramic designer. She is best known for designing the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games towel, but there is much more to her remarkable design industry success story.

Florence Broadhurst’s Fabulous Foils

July 28, 2015

From the mid 19th century, wallpapers used in Australia had predominantly been imported from Britain, but also from France, Canada and America. In 1959, Florence Broadhurst decided to buck the trend.

The Aesthetics of Prosthetics: a Brief History

July 15, 2015

On Wednesday, 15 July 2015, museums around the world are sharing #DisabilityStories found in their collections. We're joining the conversation with this post by MAAS Curator, Damian McDonald, who details the technologies used in prosthetics in our collection: The use of prosthetics dates back to at least 300 BCE, the date of a Roman bronze leg that was excavated from a grave in Capua, Italy.