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Happy Birthday to our Sydney Opera House

October 20, 2015

Paul Donnelly
On this day in 1973, Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Sydney Opera House. The ABC beamed the occasion by satellite to an appreciative world. Closer to home there were sighs of relief from the politicians, architects and engineers who had, to that time, weathered one controversy after another.

Cockatoo Island: From industry to art

March 24, 2014

Anni Turnbull
This image from the Museum's Kerry and Co collection shows Cockatoo Island in the late 1800s. Now one of the venues for the Sydney Biennale, the island has had a diverse past, as a home to convicts, ship builders and now artists.

Goodbye to Sydney’s giant hammerhead crane – an icon in Meccano

August 19, 2013

Margaret Simpson
Meccano model builders, industrial archaeologists and lovers of Sydney's history were bitterly disappointed recently when the Navy announced on 8 August 2013 that the giant hammerhead crane towering over the Garden Island Naval Depot on Sydney Harbour will be demolished.

Sailing VJs

January 13, 2011

Margaret Simpson
With the famous 2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race recently finished I thought it would be timely to write about Sydney’s famous sailing skiff, the VJ, on which many of the Sydney to Hobart yachties would have learnt to sail.