Inside the Collection

childhood memories


October 14, 2013

Margaret Simpson
  Did you see that amazingly candid and moving interview with Clive James the other week? He spoke with great affection about his "Unreliable Memoirs" growing up in Sydney's Kogarah. Funniest of all was his account of his billycart "super-train" taking out Mrs Branthwait's prize poppy garden in Irene Street.

An evocative object: pedal car

June 10, 2013

Paul Wilson
When the author of this blog's first 'evocative object' post asked me to think about what object from the Museum's collection evoked strong emotions, a few childhood memories flashed through my mind – my first football with its strong smell of fresh leather and my first cricket bat, which I associate with another strong smell, linseed oil – but if I had to choose the earliest special thing from my early childhood it would have to be my pedal car.

Miss Vanderfield’s Doll’s House

May 18, 2011

Margaret Simpson
It was a Tuesday morning. I was working on a PowerPoint presentation - a training session for our Museum volunteers, a couple of meetings were scheduled, labels were due at our Print Media department, public enquiries needed attention and the never-diminishing pile of acquisition documentation beckoned, then the phone rang.