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These petrol pumps are history, but what’s the future?

November 6, 2013

Debbie Rudder
  Young Sydney engineer Frank Hammond invented the 'visible volumetric' petrol pump around 1920 and licensed his patent rights to manufacturers in Australia and the UK. Garages purchased visible pumps to ensure that they were supplying an accurately measured volume of petrol, or ‘motor spirit’, to each customer.

Marea Gazzard, AO, CBA (1928- 2013)

October 30, 2013

Anni Turnbull
The Powerhouse Museum, along with many others in the fields of visual arts and crafts, was sad to hear of the death of Marea Gazzard, on 28th October, 2013. Marea Gazzard was an important figure in the chronology of Australian postwar ceramics, both as a significant and influential innovator in her own work and also in her support of the Australian crafts movement.

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (1935-2013)

July 24, 2013

Paul Donnelly
Gwyn Hanssen Pigott was one of Australia's most illustrious studio ceramicists whose fine skill and cerebral approach to her art will be greatly missed. After a 1960s to 70s repertoire of stone ware, from the 1980s Gwyn became famous for her fine and translucent porcelain forms - bottles, bowls and teapots - deceptively simple but actually requiring great technical skill and firing control.

Suburbia, apartmentia, adapturbia

June 17, 2013

Charles Pickett
Are baby-boomers responsible for Sydney’s unaffordable housing? It’s becoming a common theme of the property media with story headings like 'Boomers put super squeeze on first home buyers’.

Farewell to curator, Christina Sumner, OAM

February 4, 2013

Anne-Marie Van de Ven
On the eve of of Christina Sumner's departure we asked her a few questions about her experiences at the Museum over the last 28 years. What have you enjoyed the most about working in the Museum? Always always always it's been the people and the collection.

Rare Doulton dessert plate painted by Louis Bilton with Australian wildflowers

October 3, 2012

Lynne McNairn
This beautiful dessert plate from the collection features a plant common in Sydney bushland but unusual as a subject for china painting. The plant is the Fringe Myrtle or Calytrix tetragona. Waratahs, Flannel Flowers, Christmas Bells, Wattle and Gum Leaves are frequent subjects but the Fringe Myrtle has not attracted many artists to its cause.

Olympic efforts – ancient Greek athletes

August 8, 2012

Paul Donnelly
In addition to being beautiful, decorated ancient Greek pots are ‘windows to the past'. Their painted designs could vary from everyday scenes of people at work and play, to gods and heroes playing out the myths that provided lessons on how to conduct a righteous life .

World Meteorological Day – early meteorology in Australia

March 23, 2012

Geoff Barker
Lieutenant William Dawes, who came out to Australia with the First Fleet, made the first recorded meteorological observations in Australia but the next set were probably made from Parramatta Observatory between October 1822 and March 1824.  In 1821 Governor Brisbane had arrived in New South Wales and set up the colony's first observatory in the grounds of Government House at Parramatta.

Chinese New Year 2012: Year of the Dragon

January 23, 2012

Anni Turnbull
Sydney holds the largest Lunar New Year festival outside Asia, where communities from Asia celebrate the first day of the first lunar month of the year. Lunar or Chinese New Year falls on 23 January this year, with celebration lasting 15 days, until the first full moon appears.

A hot topic: Solar Thermal Power

December 30, 2011

Debbie Rudder
This post is part of an ongoing series of energy storage posts by intern Brett Szmajda. When I say ‘solar power’, most people conjure up images of the thin, iridescent blue panels that make a patchwork quilt out of the roofs of suburban houses.

Joyce Gittoes Ceramic Art

August 31, 2011

Anni Turnbull
I recently had the privilege to undertake a 20 day internship at the Powerhouse Museum under the supervision of curator, Paul Donnelly. I was given the task of documenting an acquisition consisting of a series of ceramic pieces by Joyce Gittoes (b.1915).