Framing our private and public worlds, the designed environment is too big a subject to ignore. The Powerhouse collection has plenty of of design drawings, models and photographs, but it also has many of parts of buildings.
Inside the Collection
Any apple experts out there? We need help in identifying the varieties of these lifelike wax models of apples in the museum collection so that we can match them with our written records. The Museum’s wax fruit and vegetable collection was first created after Museum Curator, Joseph Maiden, saw the Melbourne Technological Museum’s ‘fine models’ of fruit and vegetables in 1883 and decided that Sydney needed a similar display to highlight the agricultural products of New South Wales.
photographic print of the Croker family taken by Amelia Eve Wong and/or Henry Hackney Wong in Amyville, New South Wales, c.1890-1918. It is one of 237 photographic prints taken by the Wong family in the late 19th to early 20th centuries which document community life, the goldfields and the retail trade as perceived through the eyes of Chinese immigrants.
We celebrated two bicentenaries in 2009: Matthew Boulton's death and Charles Darwin's birth. Is there a link between these two illustrious Englishmen? The key is the Lunar Society of Birmingham, which counted amongst its members Matthew Boulton, James Watt, Josiah Wedgwood and Erasmus Darwin.
These bars were designed for binge drinking, 1930s style. In those days excessive boozing was usually called the six o’clock swill, a feature of NSW pubs from 1916 to 1955, the period when hotels had to close at six o’clock.
Eva and part of the Doulton display in the ‘Inspired!’ exhibition. Above Bilton’s waratah plaque and jug, there is a stunning vase painted about 1900 by Edward Raby. Name Eva Czernis-Ryl What is your specialty area?
On this very festive day, I thought I would ‘unwrap’ for you some of the playful and eclectic Christmas related objects we have in our collection! Starting with this cardboard marionette of Santa Claus designed and printed by Raphael Tuck and Sons in Great Britain and made in Bavaria in 1905-1910.
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.
In the lead up to Christmas we are reminded by many causes and charities to remember those “less fortunate”. This sanitary pan and on a regular basis - usually weekly - the full sanitary pan was taken away and replaced with an empty one.
Earlier in the year, I took a break from Registration duties to complete an internship in the Curatorial department under the guidance and supervision of Peter Cox, Curator of Australian Social History, as part of a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies.
The great thing about having our collection online is that it has made it very easy to search all the great objects we have hidden away! This model ship was recently discovered by a member of the public, on our online database.
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.