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.
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With all the media attention focussed on the Apollo 11 Moon landing 40th anniversary, another space anniversary of particular interest to Australia passed un-noticed in July. Thirty years ago, in the early hours of July 12, 1979, the United States’ first space station, Skylab, re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and broke up scattering debris across the southern Indian Ocean and the south-eastern part of Western Australia.
Collecting and tinkering with engines is still a popular hobby today. Although fewer young people are getting involved than in the past, some are discovering the fascination of these objects and the skills to be developed by working with them.
The processes that follow an acquisition of an object into a museum’s collection are not as straightforward as some may think! All incoming objects need to be numbered, catalogued, researched and then documented and conserved.
Name Dr Nick Lomb (retired December 2009) What is your speciality area? By training I am an astronomer, but my full official title is curator of astronomy, timekeeping, navigation, meteorology, surveying and the history of Sydney Observatory.
Name Ian Debenham (retired February 2010) What is your specialty area? In a former life, I was a Licence Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with Qantas who left and obtained an Honours Degree in Ancient History - Roman economic history to be precise.
Having our collection available to search on line, featured in TV shows like 'The Collectors', and in the media, has seen many people contacting us with information about our objects. Sometimes they are researching their family history or the object was previously owned by them or their ancestors.
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.
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 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.
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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.