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What's On:

Treasure Islands

Treasure Islands is a video series and Collection research project produced by ACE, Powerhouse and on-island and Australian-born Samoans, Fijians, Cook Islanders, Tongans, Papua New Guineans and I-Kiribati.


On now – 4 June 2023

Unpopular draws stories of the alternative music scene of the 1990s from the never-before-seen archive of record company founder Stephen ‘Pav’ Pavlovic.


Traversing movement, music, and art, Latitudes is made up of three short films featuring Western Sydney artists that explore themes of audibility, distance, and perspective.
Closed exhibition

Maton: Australia's Guitar

Finished 2 May 2021
Powerhouse Ultimo

Maton: Australia’s Guitar is the largest retrospective of Australia’s leading guitar manufacturer. In this major survey, over 130 guitars will traverse the history of Maton, drawing on more than 70 years of music.

Explore the company’s beginning, its first models and influence on the music scene transcending through genres such as Country and Western, Folk and Classical, Rock and Roll, and Jazz.

Melbourne-born jazz musician, woodwork teacher and luthier Bill May founded Maton in 1946 and became a pioneer of Australian guitar manufacturing. Starting in a small workshop in May’s garage, Maton became a success against the odds, and has since created over 200 guitar models.

A highlight on display from the Powerhouse’s collection is The Easybeats’ guitarist Harry Vanda’s Maton guitar which he used to write the song ‘Friday on My Mind’. Also on display is Tommy Emmanuel’s first Maton, a Maton electric Mastersound MS500M and hand painted case; the first Maton guitar Bill May made; some of the rarest Australian guitars ever displayed, and instruments and amplifiers used in the heyday of Australian jazz, folk, rock and country.

View custom-made models for Australian music icons such as Tommy Emmanuel and Diesel, and see why the Maton guitar is the instrument of choice by local and international artists alike, including Archie Roach, Missy Higgins, Keith Urban, Tash Sultana, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Garry Beers (INXS), George Harrison (The Beatles) and Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones). This stunning and thorough collection of Maton guitars, ukuleles, lap steels and amplifiers are part of the personal collection of Bankstown-based instrument collector Wadih Hanna.

Maton Amplified
The sound of Maton guitars amplified online. Tune in to experience special guest performances recorded inside the exhibition. Read more about Maton Amplified.

Discover More

Find out more about Australian Guitar company Maton and the incredible Wadih Hanna collection on display at the Powerhouse Museum by viewing the exhibition brochure.

Limited printed brochures are available at the exhibition, or a mobile-friendly guide and large print guide can be found below.

Mobile-friendly guide

View the fullscreen pdf on your mobile device.

Large Print guide

You’re welcome to print a copy of the large print guide at home before you come to the exhibition.

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