Inside the Collection



June 12, 2018

Chloe Appleby
Instantly recognisable for their distinct appearance of blue skin, white clothing and a small stature, Smurfs are a cherished worldwide children's franchise that began in Belgium in the late-1950s.

Meccano orrery for Earth Hour

March 26, 2014

Lynne McNairn
Saturday 29th March 2014 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm EST is Earth Hour, when we get the chance to turn off the lights and possibly consider our place in the universe. This Meccano orrery is a clever mechanical device used to demonstrate the position, motions and phases of our Earth and the Moon as we orbit the Sun.

We are off to Steamfest 2011 with Hornby toy trains

April 7, 2011

Margaret Simpson
Powerhouse staff members are again off to Maitland, in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, this weekend to contribute to one of Australia’s most well-known heritage steam events, Steamfest. Each year a theme is selected and a group of objects chosen by a curator to take up for a special display in the Powerhouse marquee.

Dinky Toys

September 15, 2010

Margaret Simpson
When we asked our blog readers what topics they’d like to have more posts on, a number of you asked for Matchbox. So, in response, I’ll post a series on die-cast toy cars. I thought I’d start the toy car story off a bit earlier than Matchbox with the famous pre-War Dinky Toys.