Inside the Collection

How do you bottle the wind?

December 4, 2011

Debbie Rudder
“The final perfection of the storage battery, which I believe has been accomplished, will in my opinion bring about a multitude of changes and improvements in our business and social economy.” — Thomas Edison North American Review, 1902 The Clean Energy Act recently passed into law.

Vale Arthur ‘Artie’ Beetson – the big man of Rugby League

December 3, 2011

Rebecca Bower
When I was a kid in the 70s my dad used to take me to Rugby League matches. We used to go to Bear Park to watch the (North Sydney) Bears play. I don't remember much about going to the footy, and I certainly don't remember anything about who played for the Bears but I remember seeing Arthur Beetson play.

The loss of Artie Beetson (1945 – 2011)

December 2, 2011

James Wilson-Miller
I previously knew Artie from around mid 1974 when I worked for the Sydney County Council and Artie was a building worker and we used to meet at the same sandwich shop in Lane Cove. Thirty seven years later, in May 2003 we were both part of the Armidale Aboriginal Children’s Mentoring Program ( The Anaiwan project), along with the likes of Dean Widders, Cathy Freeman and many other Koori role models, in fact, Artie and I stayed at the same motel and had had dinner together.

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.

How many stories can one object tell?

November 28, 2011

Debbie Rudder
When I decided to feature our rare Whittle aircraft engine in a recent blog post, I entered the term 'Whittle' in our database. Data on the engine appeared, along with a photo. Another object also popped up, with little data and no image.

The Peppin Merino

November 18, 2011

Sandra McEwen
Last week we installed a new exhibition at the Powerhouse Discovery Centre. It’s a small version of a display we created recently to help celebrate the biggest innovation in Australia’s wool industry… Boonoke is a sheep station near Deniliquin in the Riverina District of NSW, eight hours’ drive west of Sydney.

Hits from the bong

November 16, 2011

Erika Taylor
People are usually quite shocked when I tell them we have this bong in the Museum collection. Perhaps because the type of bong shown above is hand-made? Common? Looks a little like rubbish? I’m not sure why it is so shocking, museums all over the world have drug paraphernalia in their collections.

David Boyd (1924-2011)

November 11, 2011

Anni Turnbull
David Boyd died aged 87 on November 10 2011. Born into the Boyd family, who have been renowned for their artistic talents, David Boyd was a painter but was known for his ceramics, learning originally from his father Merric Boyd.

Meet the curator – Rebecca Evans

November 9, 2011

Anni Turnbull
What is your name? Rebecca Evans What is your speciality area? Isn’t specialisation code for ‘things I like best’? I have made and loved clothing and textiles for as long as I can remember.