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Sydney International Exhibition 1879

September 18, 2009

One hundred and thirty years ago, on the 17 September 1879, the Sydney International Exhibition opened the doors of its main building the ‘Garden Palace’. Like other international exhibitions held around the world it proved an enormous success, even though Australia was so isoolated from Europe and America.

Death in the Museum- part one- green burials

September 15, 2009

I am in the middle of acquiring a coffin, and not just any coffin, one that is environmentally friendly. This LifeArt coffin is not only spectacular looking, it is also made from almost 100% recycled materials, and will break down easily once in the ground.

The Bosdyk Dolls House- part three

September 11, 2009

The detail in the Bosdyk Dolls House is astounding. The picture above is of the top level of the house, the attic. Lets take a closer look: Frans Bosdyk made most of the furniture for the house. However, details such as the textiles and interior designs were worked on by his wife, Christina.

Who was John Slade?

September 4, 2009

Slade was an errand boy and in 1825 sentenced to be transported to the Colony of New South Wales for the period of his natural life. We know his crime was house breaking and after serving 22 years of a life sentence he was given a conditional pardon for good behaviour.

Happy Wattle Day!

September 1, 2009

When you live in the suburbs and make long journeys along bus lanes or railway lines its hard not to notice wattle in flower at this time of year. Wattle of course is our national flower and gave us our green and gold sporting colours.

Enoch Taylor shoe gauge

August 28, 2009

Now that we have solved the Earoscope, it’s time for a new mystery object! What you see above is part of a new acquisition from the Enoch Taylor & Co shoe archive. From 1851-1970s, Enoch Taylor & Co specialised in the importation and manufacture of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes, first in Melbourne and then Sydney.

Atlassian come to perve

August 25, 2009

I love doing tours of our basement store but this one was especially gratifying. 24 programmers from Atlassian, the company that brings us Confluence and Jira amongst other programs, came to the museum for a bit of R and R.

The Bosdyk Dolls House- part two

August 21, 2009

Curators Lindie Ward and Margaret Simpson visited Frans Bosdyk at his home to find out more about the creation of his exquisite dolls house. Frans created most of the furniture for the dolls house himself, setting up a workshop in his garage.

Alastair Morrison

August 18, 2009

Alastair Morrison, Life Fellow and great friend of the Powerhouse Museum, passed away on Tuesday 4 August, aged 93. Alastair was one of the Museum’s most consistent and generous donors over a long period of time, in particular with gifts to the Asian collections and working closely with curator Claire Roberts.

Ambrotype of the Premier of New South Wales Charles Cowper, 1859

August 14, 2009

This photograph is of Charles Cowper, the second Premier of New South Wales, and his ministry. Sometimes referred to as ‘Slippery Charlie’, Cowper appears to have lived up to his name as he was elected premier five times between 1856 and 1870.

Paul Cocksedge- Fabergé of 21st century design?

August 11, 2009

Did you miss Paul Cocksedge's talk at the Powerhouse Museum last Monday? If you did, and if you are interested in innovative and visually striking design with a touch of 'magic', I really recommend that you have a glimpse at his products and concepts.