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Joseph Maiden

Happy Wattle Day 2013

September 1, 2013

Lynne McNairn
September 1st is Wattle Day, the perfect excuse to feature another of Agard Hagman's lovely botanical illustrations from  1888. The Museum's first Curator, Joseph Maiden (later Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens) was a well known wattle enthusiast.

A Mallee for National Tree Day 2013

July 26, 2013

Lynne McNairn
National Tree Day  is a community tree planting event held at the end July.  Schools Tree Day is today,  26th July 2013 and it seemed like a good excuse to feature another of Agard Hagman's paintings from 1888.

Botanical illustration from the early Museum

June 5, 2013

Lynne McNairn
  This painting is another botanical illustration by Agard Hagman from 1887. The first curator of the Museum of Applied and Sciences was the botanist Joseph Maiden who later became Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Trial by Fire – the formation of the Powerhouse Museum’s collections from the ashes of the Garden Palace

March 4, 2013

Geoff Barker
The story of the creation of the Powerhouse museum starts with the project to host an international exhibition in the grounds of the Sydney Domain in 1879. Based on similar displays in London and Paris it drew from around the world all manner of objects relating to the industrial and applied arts.These were all to be housed in the ‘Garden Palace’ exhibition building, which was designed in a week and built in less than a year.