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Penicillin mould from Howard Florey’s laboratory

August 24, 2012

Debbie Rudder
These two historic petri dishes are on display at the Powerhouse Museum during Ultimo Science Festival as part of the Science Snaps activity. The sample of green penicillin-producing mould on the left grew for one day and the one on the right for four days.

Midwifery training simulator

July 23, 2012

Damian McDonald
Many objects in the Powerhouse Museum’s health and medicine collection have a visceral, unique and incidental beauty to them. The mortuary table, even the obstetric phantom. Even at a glance the viewer can determine that the obstetric phantom, or birthing simulator relates to a certain area of the female anatomy.

Michael Callaghan 1952-2012

May 25, 2012

Anne-Marie Van de Ven
The above bi-lingual screenprinted poster design by Michael Callaghan, was produced at Redback Graphix in Wollongong in 1984 for CAAMA, the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (established 1980).

Vince (Vincent) Lovegrove, 1948 – 2012

March 28, 2012

Anni Turnbull
Vince Lovegrove was an Australian journalist, music manager, television producer, musician and AIDS awareness campaigner. Perhaps best known for his job as manager of rock group Divinyls and singer Jimmy Barnes.

World AIDS Day 2011 and the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt

December 1, 2011

Anni Turnbull
Since its inception on 1 December 1988, World AIDS Day has been a significant factor in the ongoing global fight against HIV/AIDS. First diagnosed in 1981 HIV/AIDS is the major infectious disease of the late 20th century.

The amazing pre-history of cinema

January 4, 2011

Debbie Rudder
Happy New Year to our blog readers. Today we have some historic fireworks to share with you. This intriguing device is a chromatrope, a mechanical slide for an early type of projector called a magic lantern.

World AIDS Day 1st December 2010 and the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt

December 1, 2010

Anni Turnbull
First diagnosed in 1981, HIV/AIDS is the major infectious epidemic of the late 20th century. Community and government organisations have educated on the disease and its transmission. The idea for the first AIDS Quilt was conceived in the United States of America in San Francisco in 1987.

The Anarchist Handbook

June 18, 2010

Geoff Barker
Way before the Sex Pistols came up with ‘Anarchy in the U.K.’ Australia had its own band of anarchists working throughout the 1890s to undermine the political landscape. This hand-carved woodcut is a genuine slice of subversive Australian history and was used to produce the cover of the ‘Handbook of Anarchy’, published by John Arthur Andrews in July 1894.