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First Powered Flight in Australia- Intro

November 16, 2009

Ian Debenham
On December 9th this year the Museum will celebrate the centenary of the first powered flight in Australia through a joint meeting with the Royal Aeronautical Society and Aviation Historical Society of NSW and a small foyer showcase display.

Happy Friday the 13th!

November 13, 2009

Erika Taylor
Unlucky Friday the 13th is apparently the most popular superstition in the world. I, for one, do not have supersititious beliefs, I open umbrellas inside, I like black cats, and I confidently walk under ladders.

On loan from the Smithsonian

November 10, 2009

Kerrie Dougherty
Curators at the Powerhouse not only research information about the artefacts in our own collection, from time to time we assist external colleagues with their object research as well. Satellite propulsion engineer Alan Lawrie, author of histories of the Saturn V and Saturn I rockets, contacted the museum seeking information about the F-1 rocket motor in the Space exhibition.

The Berlin Wall- 20 years on

November 9, 2009

Erika Taylor
"This ninth of November is a historic day." East Germany "has announced that, starting immediately, its borders are open to everyone." Today marks 20 years that have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the ‘Iron Curtain’ separating East and West Berlin, Germany.

Fashions on the Court

November 6, 2009

Melanie Pitkin
Nowadays, watching tennis is as much of a sport as playing it! While there is the game itself, the on court fashion is equally a crowd pleaser. During the Hopman Cup in Perth earlier this year, tennis legend Margaret Court observed that players' outfits make them "look like they should be on the beach".

Saddling up with Gucci

November 3, 2009

Lynne McNairn
Horse racing and fashion have always been closely associated and with Melbourne Cup upon us I had a look for “Horse Racing Fashion” in our databaase. One item is this bright floral dress made by Gucci around 1970.


October 30, 2009

Erika Taylor
 Yes, it’s that time of year again…Movember! This annual charity event is responsible for handlebar and Fu Manchu moustaches around Australia, and indeed the world, each November. Originating in Melbourne in 2003, Movember aims to promote awareness and raises much-needed funds for men’s health issues, with a focus on prostate cancer and depression.

Early solar car

October 27, 2009

Margaret Simpson
Solar car racing is not new. The Powerhouse Museum has one of the cars that competed in the world’s first transcontinental solar car race, then called the Pentax World Solar Challenge, in 1987. Ours, dubbed Solar Resource, was designed and built by a small team of Sydney engineers headed by Ian Landon Smith in the garage of a North Shore home.

Death in the Museum- part two- the crematorium

October 23, 2009

Charles Pickett
In the first contribution to Death in the Museum, Erika wrote: ‘coffins have traditionally been made to protect the body, and thus been made out of strong materials such as steel and hardwood’.

Movement in the collection

October 20, 2009

Erika Taylor
Registration staff are (among many other things) responsible for moving Museum objects from A to B, this could be from one shelf to the one below or from the collection store to the main gallery space or between one of the numerous departments who require them for whatever reason.

A Snowy souvenir

October 16, 2009

Debbie Rudder
  The 60th anniversary of the launch of the Snowy Mountains Scheme will be celebrated on 17 October 2009. Such grand engineering projects tend to generate tourism - and souvenirs to remind tourists of their visit.

Dust as Art

October 13, 2009

Lynne McNairn
Dust has been headline news recently with the dramatic dust storm over Sydney. This reminded me of an object in our collection literally made of dust! It is a necklace called Illusion Dust made by Japanese jewellery maker Teruo Akatsu in 1993.