Inside the Collection

An Australian relic from Leichhardt’s exploration of the interior

April 9, 2012

Geoff Barker
It may be hard to imagine now, but once this cup must have been one of the most important things in the life of James Snowden Calvert. Around 165 years ago this cup travelled with Calvert and Leichhardt on the first overland trip from Brisbane on the east coast of Australia to Port Essendon on the west coast.

Sydney Royal Easter Show

April 4, 2012

Anni Turnbull
Going to an Easter show is almost a childhood rite of passage for Sydneysiders. Apart from looking at a variety of animals, agricultural pavilions, side shows and competitions like wood chopping there was always the draw of the Show Bag Pavilion.

Edoardo Majeroni – Italian ‘red shirt’ and Australian actor

April 2, 2012

Geoff Barker
This is a portrait of Signor Edoardo Majeroni who, with his wife, presented stage performances in theatres across Australia in 1876 and the 1880s. In this image he is dressed in a Russian military costume for his acclaimed role in a one-act play entitled 'The Old Corporal’ The play was performed in Sydney in 1876 and the photograph appears to have been taken by the Freeman Brothers Studio while the performances were fresh in the minds of Sydney-siders.

Things to do in the dark, ideas for Earth Hour

March 30, 2012

Anni Turnbull
Saturday 31st March, 8:30-9:30 is Earth hour and it gives us a chance to turn off the lights and do things we may not normally do. More than 2 million individuals and 2,000 businesses in Sydney took part in the First Earth hour in 2007.

Vince (Vincent) Lovegrove, 1948 – 2012

March 28, 2012

Anni Turnbull
Vince Lovegrove was an Australian journalist, music manager, television producer, musician and AIDS awareness campaigner. Perhaps best known for his job as manager of rock group Divinyls and singer Jimmy Barnes.

Sandstone and Pyrmont

March 26, 2012

Anni Turnbull
When I walk around Pyrmont I look for glimpses of sandstone. The material that once formed the distinctive cliffs and gulleys on the peninsula. Now it exists as the nearly invisible layers beneath the streets and buildings.

World Meteorological Day – early meteorology in Australia

March 23, 2012

Geoff Barker
Lieutenant William Dawes, who came out to Australia with the First Fleet, made the first recorded meteorological observations in Australia but the next set were probably made from Parramatta Observatory between October 1822 and March 1824.  In 1821 Governor Brisbane had arrived in New South Wales and set up the colony's first observatory in the grounds of Government House at Parramatta.

Self-guided walking tour mobile app reviewed

March 21, 2012

Nicolaas Earnshaw
The release of another self guided walking tour (part one of the new 'Exploring old Sydney' series on the Powerhouse Museum walking tours iPhone application) marks a perfect opportunity to critically review how this product has performed to date.

Celebrating an 80 year old coathanger

March 19, 2012

Anni Turnbull
What’s the fuss you say? Well today is the birthday of an Australian icon, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, fondly known as the coathanger. Now eighty years old the Bridge has become a symbol of Sydney and of Australia, its arch shaped structure adding definition to the beautiful harbour and inspiring songs, artworks, photographs and poems like this one by Dorothy Auchterlonie’s (Green) 1940 poem Kaleidoscope: Twinkle Twinkle little stars On a million motor- cars Along the Harbour Bridge so high Like a coat-hanger in the sky When the Bridge was formally opened on Saturday, 19 March 1932 the ceremony went awry.

Catherine Martin’s Moulin Rouge Ensemble

March 14, 2012

Geoff Barker
This ‘Object of the Day’ outfit is from a collection of high-end International and Australian designed clothing and accessories from Catherine Martin’s personal wardrobe. Acquired in 2011, by curator Glynis Jones, the outfit consists of an overdress with separate slip, a jacket and a shawl.

Celebrating the Australian Aviatrix Lores Bonney

March 8, 2012

Margaret Simpson
In celebration of International Women's Day for 2012 I'd like to highlight the amazing short but inspiring aviation career of Maude (Lores) Bonney (1897-1994), one of Australia's pioneers. Lores’ passion for flying began after a flight in 1928 with aviation legend, Bert Hinkler, her husband's cousin.