Inside the Collection

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity Proven in Australia, 1922

August 22, 2012

Geoff Barker
In late August 1922 a group of astronomers, naval men, and Aboriginal stockmen began the arduous task of unloading their complicated scientific equipment and stores from boats onto a deserted beach on the coast of Western Australia.

Dick Smith’s Variety Club Bash Car

August 21, 2012

Margaret Simpson
Last Sunday the 2012 Variety Club of NSW Bash participants left the inner-Sydney suburb of Balmain for their annual trip. The unusual Australian term, 'Bashing' probably short for bush-bashing was used in 1985 by businessman, adventurer and philanthropist, Dick Smith, when he invited a few mates on a drive to the outback.

Guns and public opinion

August 20, 2012

Damian McDonald
Firearms are a polarizing issue. The middle ground is a stripped no-man’s-land. The argument against prevalent gun ownership is of course more than ever legitimate. And honest gun ownership, confined to sportspeople, professional shooters and primary producers is provisional; and reasonable.

The first pedal bicycle

August 17, 2012

Debbie Rudder
This early pedal bicycle is a good example of a velocipede or boneshaker. It is on display in the Powerhouse Museum during August 2012 as part of a small exhibition titled 'Bicycle: simple idea, complex evolution' that I curated for the Ultimo Science Festival.

The Bradbury motorcycle and sidecar – respectable transport

August 16, 2012

Lynne McNairn
Motorcycles or motorbikes can have unsavoury connotations in current times with the phrase 'outlaw motorcycle gang' rarely out the headlines but in 1914 when the Bradbury motorcycle and sidecar were built they were the height of middle class respectability.

Fans of the Powerhouse Collection

August 13, 2012

Suzanne Chee
Looking at ways to house our rich and diverse collection of dress accessories have always been a constant challenge. When an area of the basement store was set aside for the storage of dress and accessories in the early 1980s, we were at the forefront.

Olympic efforts – ancient Greek athletes

August 8, 2012

Paul Donnelly
In addition to being beautiful, decorated ancient Greek pots are ‘windows to the past'. Their painted designs could vary from everyday scenes of people at work and play, to gods and heroes playing out the myths that provided lessons on how to conduct a righteous life .

Olympic Superbike

August 3, 2012

Margaret Simpson
With the 2012 London Olympics currently enthralling the world, it’s timely to have a look at the Powerhouse Museum’s Olympic bike. It was designed and made in Australia and similar ones were used in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Extreme South, James Castrission and Justin Jones’ Antarctic adventure

August 2, 2012

Margaret Simpson
   We came to probe its mystery, to reduce this land to terms of science, but there is always the indefinable, which holds aloof yet which rivets our souls"... wrote the Australian geologist and explorer Sir Douglas Mawson of Antarctica, that majestic yet formidable continent located at the southernmost point of our planet, in his 1930 book 'The Home of the Blizzard'.

Remembering the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games – volunteers uniform

July 30, 2012

Lynne McNairn
If you were living in or visiting Sydney during the year 2000 Olympic Games it seemed that every second person was wearing this uniform. The colourful and highly visible design could not be mistaken for anything else and was worn proudly by people from all walks of life and all shapes and sizes.

Olympic Games Torch, let the games begin

July 27, 2012

Anni Turnbull
  As the the 2012 Olympic Games opens in London who can forget the excitement of the Olympic Games in Sydney, the touring of the Olympic torch around the country and moment of lighting at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000?

Farewell Sally Ride, first US woman in Space (1951-2012)

July 25, 2012

Kerrie Dougherty
This week we have said goodbye to Dr. Sally K. Ride, the first American woman to make a spaceflight and a passionate promoter of science and engineering education for girls, who passed away on July 23 after a seventeen month battle with pancreatic cancer.