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From the director
Power picks
TRUSTEES
Dr Nicholas G Pappas,
President
THE POWERHOUSE FORGES NEW LINKS IN CHINA
contents
06 New exhibition: Sydney designers unplugged Dr Anne Summers AO,
Deputy President
AND WELCOMES A SPECIAL GUEST TO CASTLE HILL.
07 Sydney Design 05
issue 78 08 New exhibition: Morris & Co Mr Mark Bouris
Ms Trisha Dixon
10 New acquisitions: Smoky Dawson memorabilia
Mr Andrew Denton
JUNE JULY AUGUST 2005 11 Members news Ms Susan Gray
Ms Margaret Seale
12 Members calendar
Mr Anthony Sukari
LEFT TO RIGHT: MR TERRY
14 Members scene Ms Judith Wheeldon GARWOOD, MUSEUMS VICTORIA; MS
JENNIFER SANDERS, DEPUTY
15 Obituary: Jack Willis DIRECTOR POWERHOUSE MUSEUM;
SENIOR MANAGEMENT THE HON CHRIS ELLISON,
16 Powerhouse Wizard AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR JUSTICE
Dr Kevin Fewster AM, Director AND CUSTOMS; MR PAN ZHENZHOU,
DIRECTOR GENERAL, NATIONAL
17 Travelling exhibition: Balarinji in Japan Jennifer Sanders, Deputy Director, MUSEUM OF CHINA; MR JIANG
Collections and Exhibitions FENGYI, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF
18 The Strasburg Clock restored THE CCP AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR,
Mark Goggin, Associate Director, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CHINA.
20 The Castle Hill storage space Programs and Commercial Services BELOW: CLARENCE SLOCKEE, ONE
OF THE PERFORMERS. AT THE
22 Observatory news Michael Landsbergen, Associate OPENING. PHOTOS BY JAMES
LAURENDET.
Director, Corporate Services
23 Corporate partners
Kevin Sumption, Associate Director,
24 Exhibitions at a glance Knowledge and Information
Management

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As our 125th anniversary area. This story has been Powerhouse senior curator
celebrations draw to a close, I commemorated in the Kimberley Webber. The book
exhibition Paradise, Purgatory
from the am proud to say this important
milestone seems to have and Hellhole: a history of
was launched by our Premier
and Arts Minister, the Hon Bob
our place A ribbon cutting ceremony marks the
director succeeded in drawing Pyrmont and Ultimo, launched Carr MP, when he came to the in Beijing opening of Our place in Beijing. PETER JACKSON ADMIRES THE
COLLECTION OF MODEL PLANES
considerable attention to the in March by the Lord Mayor of Museum in early May to AT CASTLE HILL. PHOTO BY JEAN-
Powerhouse Museum’s Sydney, Cr Clover Moore MP. welcome delegates to the FRANCOIS LANZARONE.

contribution to the cultural life 2005 Museums Australia


In April I had the honour, along
of NSW, and provided a conference, held at the
with the Museum’s Board of
chance to reflect on both the Powerhouse. Our place: Indigenous Australia Indigenous people are
Trustees, of attending a
historical and future roles of now, which showcases the experiencing today, all told
reception hosted by the Lord I was given the challenging
the Museum. work of contemporary through the art of many of
Mayor of Sydney task of writing the final chapter
Indigenous artists and Australia’s most talented
While the Powerhouse is one congratulating the Museum on for Yesterday’s tomorrows
communities, opened in the Indigenous artists. All speakers
of Australia’s largest museums, its anniversary and postulating on the Museum’s
National Museum of China, at the opening spoke with
it is also very much a museum commending its contribution to future. One point I make in my
Beijing on 5 April. The overwhelming passion about
for its local community. The Sydney’s cultural life. In her chapter is the changing
exhibition, jointly curated by the significance of cultural
Museum has been located on speech the Lord Mayor demographic of the area as
the Powerhouse Museum and exchange between our two
the Pyrmont Ultimo peninsula remarked on the ongoing vital people are moving back to the
Museum Victoria, was first countries. The Indigenous
for all but 13 of its 125 years, relationship between the city. The Museum looks
mounted in Athens last year for performers sponsored by the
and throughout its life has Museum and its surrounding forward to sustaining its dual
provided a place for the local community. role as custodian of a large
the 2004 Olympic Games. It
was then dismantled and
Aboriginal Arts Board ignited
the most positive atmosphere
t
community to reflect on the state collection and a local
Another legacy of our 125th shipped to Beijing for the and it was electrifying to see
changing world around them. museum where people can
anniversary is the new book, opening in Tiananmen Square, this happen. Exhibitions like When world-famous film and by the collection, which is
Today our neighbourhood is a drop by to participate in our
DR KEVIN FEWSTER WITH THE LORD
Yesterday’s tomorrows: the the heart of Beijing. Our place can only bridge the director Peter Jackson recognised as one of the finest
highly developed urban hub, a ever changing range of
MAYOR OF SYDNEY, CR CLOVER
MOORE MP, AT THE 125TH far cry from the sandstone
Powerhouse Museum and its
precursors 1880–2005, edited
programs and exhibitions. James Wilson-Miller, Curator,
many cultural differences
between Australia and the rest
Peter generously agreed to visit the
Powerhouse during our staging
in the world. Highlights of the
tour included the German aero
ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION IN APRIL.
PHOTO BY MARINCO KOJDANOVSKI. quarries, woolstores and power
station that once occupied the
by eminent historian and Dr Kevin Fewster AM,
Indigenous History and
Culture, writes of the exhibition
of the world.’ Jackson’s of The Lord of the Rings Motion engines and the English RAF
author Graeme Davison and Director Picture Trilogy — The Exhibition 1A, which he has a particular
in Beijing: ‘Our place
represents our many Creation
Our place: Indigenous Australia
now will be on display in
flying visit he unveiled a secret passion interest in.
www.powerhousemuseum.com stories, traditional land and Beijing until 16 June 2005.
outside the hectic world of big
budget movie making. For Mr
It was a great pleasure to have
water practices, our contact Mr Jackson as our guest for a
Principal supporters: NSW Government and Jackson the chance to get a
histories from invasion times, Victorian Government. Supported by the day during The Lord of the
Australian Government through the Australia personal tour of the Museum’s
FRONT COVER: FROM THE MORRIS Where to find us Powerline is produced by the Print Media Department the out of control frontiers, Council and the Department of Foreign
Rings exhibition, which closed
& CO EXHIBITION, TRELLIS (1864), Castle Hill storage space, in
MORRIS’S FIRST WALLPAPER, A of the Powerhouse Museum segregation, separation and Affairs and Trade. Sponsored by WesTrac on 3 April after a blockbuster
Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney China. Offical logistics provider: Schenker particular our collection of
COLLABORATIVE DESIGN WITH the institutionalisation of our Stinnes Logistics. season at the Museum.
PHILIP WEBB WHO DESIGNED THE Opening hours 10.00 am – 5.00 pm every day (except Christmas PO Box K346, Haymarket NSW 1238 World War I aircraft and aviation
BIRDS, COLOUR WOODCUT ON people to the more positive For more on Mr Jackson’s visit,
PAPER, 107 X 56.7 CM. ELLEN Day). School holiday opening hours 9.30 am – 5.00 pm Editor: Tracy Goulding engines, was an opportunity too
outcomes that many see page 11. For more on the
CHRISTENSEN BEQUEST FUND Editorial coordinator: Deborah Renaud good to miss.
2002, ART GALLERY OF SOUTH Contact details
AUSTRALIA. Design: Trigger Castle Hill facility, which is due
Postal address: PO Box K346, Haymarket NSW 1238 Mr Jackson was clearly
Photography: Powerhouse Museum unless otherwise stated. to open to the public next year,
Telephone (02) 9217 0111 impressed by the enormous
Every effort has been made to locate owners of copyright for the images in
see page 20.
Infoline (02) 9217 0444, Education (02) 9217 0222 size and scope of the facility
this publication. Any inquiries should be directed to the Rights and
Permissions Officer, Powerhouse Museum.
The Powerhouse Museum, part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
also incorporating Sydney Observatory, is a NSW government cultural institution. ISSN 1030-5750 © Trustees of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
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THE ATHENS 2004 OLYMPIC TORCH.
PHOTO COURTESY IOC, GETTY IMAGES.

getting excellent music at


connected engineering the museum

The Museum’s annual commercial sustainability. The Young players Where can you hear the According to Elizabeth
With the theme ‘everything
Engineering excellence display focuses on the use of symphonies of Mozart and Thomas, organiser of the
connects’, the Powerhouse make an Beethoven in the same concerts, ‘It’s important that
Museum and Sydney exhibition, featuring the six chilled beams, a roof-top
Observatory Teachers Guide winning projects of the 2004 garden, lighting technologies, impression in concert as the Simpsons TV young performers have the
theme tune and a rendition of opportunity to play in public as
moved online this year. Engineering Excellence and the large sandstone rock the Musical ‘Twinkle Twinkle’? On the it boosts their confidence and
Supported by an eye-popping Awards, provides a fascinating wall that has been
poster and booklet, the online insight into the role incorporated in the building’s instruments Yamaha Disklavier and Stuart develops their performance
grand pianos at the skills. The Yamaha is an
resource has already proved engineering plays in our lives. design. made and Powerhouse Museum of excellent instrument for this
popular with the education A highlight of the exhibition is Other winners include the played course! But instead of Elton purpose. Being able to have
community. the Sydney CBD Electricity Load restraint guide, a
exhibition. John or David Helfgott tinkling the performance played back
A feature of the online guide is Augmentation Project, which compact book explaining how the ivories, you’ll find an not only motivates the
an interactive visit planner, was named winner of the to safely restrain loads on amazing group of young students, but also helps them
which allows teachers to enter Bradfield Award for Best vehicles; the Lednium solid performers, some as young as develop critical listening skills.’
their class level and subject Project. In 1998 TransGrid and state lighting device; and the five years old.
Energy Australia identified the Athens 2004 Olympic torch Ten-year-old Alex Glendenning
area to bring up a list of
need to expand the supply manufactured by Australian Young performers come to the agrees: ‘Playing on such a big
recommended exhibitions,
and distribution network firm G A & L Harrington. Museum through dedicated fancy piano is a lot of fun. It
programs and resources. You
THE PROMOTIONAL POSTER FOR THE serving a million Sydneysiders. Finally, a drawcard for students teachers from the Australian gives you the feeling that
can find the online guide at
ONLINE TEACHERS GUIDE.
This project has ensured the is a display exploring the Institute of Music, Suzuki Talent you’re performing on a stage
www.powerhousemuseum/
city will have a safe, reliable opportunities and challenges Education Association of and all kids should give it a go’
teachersguide.
power supply that will meet set for Australian high school Australia (NSW) Inc and the he said after a recent
energy needs well into the students in Years 7–10, to United Music Teachers performance.
second century of electricity. design, model, test and
evaluate their vision of a
P Association, which produces
the popular Young Musicians
The Yamaha Disklavier is part
Another winning project is the of the Museum’s vast music
Formula 1 racing car. at Work concerts at the
VECTORLAB EDUCATOR MIKE
Bond complex in Millers Point,
MARJORIE MAY'S TWELFTH collection and is demonstrated
JONES (RIGHT) SHOWS BIRTHDAY, PRODUCED BY JOHNSON Powerhouse.
POWERHOUSE DIRECTOR DR KEVIN Australia’s first commercial These projects are on display & JOHNSON IN THE 1930S, PROVIDED daily on level 2.
FEWSTER AND PROFESSOR ROSS INFORMATION ABOUT MENSTRUATION

VectorLab: GIBSON, UTS, THE LATEST IN


DIGITAL MEDIA; THE VECTORLAB
building to achieve world’s
best practice standards in
until December 2005.
an unusual FOR GIRLS AND THEIR MOTHERS,
WHILE PROMOTING KOTEX SANITARY
LOGO. PHOTO BY MARINCO NAPKINS.
technology KOJDANOVSKI. environmental, social and website ALEX GLENDENNING GIVES A STAR
PERFORMANCE ON THE YAMAHA
DISKLAVIER. PHOTO BY MARINCO
creativity KOJDANOVSKI.

The explosion of digital media


and communications in the
imaging and photography, 3-D 4 When the Powerhouse but something of a mystery to
graphics and animation. launched an unusual new many men. After several
last decade has given us the MUSEUM TRUSTEE MARGIE SEALE website in February this year, months of research and
Catering for all levels of ability HOSTS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL
most powerful tools for sharing we weren’t sure what the development the site was
and experience, VectorLab FOUNDATION FUNCTION. PHOTO BY
information and ideas we have MARINCO KOJDANOVSKI. reaction would be. The rags: ready to launch.
ever had. But for many of us
programs provide hands-on
opportunities for school and
foundation the paraphernalia of
The response has been
the technology is still
something of a mystery.
tertiary students, adult news menstruation explores a
subject that is rarely
overwhelmingly positive. In its
learners, young people, first three weeks The rags was
Enter VectorLab, the teachers, professionals and encountered in museums. It
visited by over 3200 people
Powerhouse Museum’s new amateurs — anyone with an showcases our small but
and we received many emails.
comprehensive education and interest in learning more significant collection of
People said they particularly
training studio for screen- about using creative digital A cocktail viewing of The Lord Williams from the ABC’s The sanitary towels and tampons,
liked the personal anecdotes
based media. Launched in tools. Special ‘members only’ of the Rings Motion Picture science show, Jack Ritch, along with medicines for
that are included alongside the
March this year, VectorLab courses are also on offer for Trilogy — The Exhibition, Chairperson, AMP Capital relieving the discomforts of the
factual notes. Some women For a weekend in March this shape before their eyes,
offers a range of short Powerhouse Members. hosted by trustees Margie Investors, and Angela Belgiorno- monthly ‘period’ and booklets
responded by relating their year thousands of Museum complete with a fiery furnace,
courses, workshops, seminars Seale and Susan Gray, proved Zegna, to name just a few. for adolescents and their
own memories. Other people
and public programs covering
To find out more about
VectorLab courses go to
to be another successful
It is only with the support of
parents about growing up.
gave us new information or
hot glass hits visitors were spellbound by
glassmaking demonstrations
sparks, multicoloured twirling
and glass blowing. Working
There are also women’s
a range of digital media —
video production, digital
www.soundbyte.org.
Powerhouse Foundation event,
raising over $8000. The
our ambassadors and friends magazine advertisements for
offered objects for the
Museum’s collection and
the road courtesy of the Hot Glass with the experienced team
of the Museum that the menstrual products dating Roadshow. The Roadshow is a from the Corning Museum,
Foundation was launched in library. Museum curators from
Foundation will reach its $5 from as early as the 1880s. fully equipped portable headed by Steve Gibbs, were
September last year with the around the world told us about
million target. If you would like glassmaking studio set up in prominent local glass artists
goal of raising $5 million in four We decided to create the similar objects in their
to become a Foundation 2001 by the Corning Museum Brian Hirst, Andrew Lavery, Ben
years to continue to build and website because of the collections, and website
supporter, please contact of Glass, New York, to take Edols, Keith Rowe, Robert
conserve our extraordinary number of enquiries every year managers asked if they could
Melissa Smith, Foundation glassmaking to the people. Wynne and Tom Rowney,
collection. from tertiary students link to our site.
coordinator, on This is the first time the show assisted by Miki Kubo, Yuri
In February recently retired (02) 9217 0564 or via email researching women’s history. has been outside the US and Yanai, Eliot Brand, Alex
We hope Members will take
headmistress of Abbotsleigh, melissas@phm.gov.au. For We suspected the general the Powerhouse was the first Chambers, Scott Coleman,
the time to look at the site and
Judith Wheeldon, was more information about the public would be interested in stop on a road trip across the Jack Rowe and an enthusiastic
let us know what you think. You
appointed to the Foundation Foundation visit the subject as well — after all, country. group of students from Sydney
can find The rags at www.
Advisory Committee, joining a www.powerhouse menstruation is a defining College of the Arts.
powerhousemuseum.com/rags. LOCAL GLASSMAKERS YURI YANAI Fascinated Powerhouse
high profile group of museum.com/foundation. occurrence in women’s lives, AND ROBERT WYNNE DEMONSTRATE
THE ANCIENT ART OF
audiences witnessed glass
ambassadors including Robyn GLASSMAKING. PHOTO BY JEAN- vases, bowls and artworks take
FRANCOIS LANZARONE.
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THE POWERHOUSE DELVES DEEPER INTO DESIGN WITH
A NEW EXHIBITION LOOKING AT THE DESIGN PROCESS.

shaped
in Sydney

The Powerhouse Museum is a 20 different prototypes to These local product designers


long-standing supporter of determine the right shape for all have a global outlook.
Australian design, displaying the juicing cone on the Breville Approximately half the work
an annual selection from the citrus press? (The shape had done by the four consulting
Australian Design Awards to be just right to ensure it groups is for international
since 1992 and as a key player would juice all sizes of citrus clients. Sunbeam and Breville
in Sydney’s annual design fruit, from limes to grapefruit.) are Australian-owned
festival. In 2005 we delve even Or that a designer too can companies whose products
deeper into the design experience the terror of a are sold into international
process of local product critical computer file crashing markets. And the Electrolux
designers. The exhibition just days before production is designers are part of a global
Sydney designers unplugged: due to begin? These are just company with a focus on Every August for the last few early protagonists met and by regular email bulletins, a
people, process, product, some of the stories of blood, designing products for the SYDNEY DESIGN WEEK COMES
years we’ve seriously stretched worked out our first year fluoro pink brochure, and the
which opens in August as a sweat and tears experienced Asia-Pacific region. OF AGE WITH A NEW NAME semantics celebrating a ten-day program. quirky egg (and sometimes
highlight of Sydney Design 05, behind the scenes in the
showcases the work of seven creative process.
Sydney designers unplugged AND A 16-DAY PROGRAM. design festival known as Sydney
In the years that followed the
chicken and egg) logo.
has provided an opportunity to Design Week. In 2005 the
leading product design players changed but the basic As the program has expanded,
The exhibition includes familiar increase the presence of local design event of the year is even
studios in Sydney, revealing elements of Sydney Design the festival has also become a
classics of Australian design product design in the bigger and better and now at 16
the inspirations and Week had been established: sought after design market.
— the Café-Bar, the Victa Museum’s collection and build days long has well and truly
challenges involved. guest designers, master Tourism Sydney is taking on
lawnmower and the Dolphin on the work done for our outgrown its name to become

Sydney
classes, design competitions Sydney Design 05 as its key
Designers featured include the torch — plus some that have popular Australian designers simply Sydney Design 05.
and prizes along with event for August and design
consulting groups Nielsen experienced a recent revamp. at work website. Most But how did it all begin? In fact compelling Powerhouse writers from overseas will be
The Powerhouse Shop Design Associates, BlueSky A highlight is the Sunbeam importantly the exhibition it started back in early 1997 exhibitions such as Caroline dropping in to check out

Design 05
Creative, Design Resource, mixmaster, which has been offers our visitors an insight
has a superb selection Design+Industry and the redesigned to reflect the into the people and processes
when the then editor of The Casey; Mod to memphis: design Sydney style. With
Sydney Morning Herald’s design in colour 1960s–80s; highlights ranging from the
of designer vases, bags, inhouse design teams for original 1940s styling. Many of involved in the creation of the Domain section, Ross Muller, Marc Newson: design works; Morris & Co and Sydney
lampshades and Breville, Sunbeam and the products featured have everyday items that make our asked if the Museum would be and Great expectations: new designers unplugged
Electrolux. Chances are you already received Australian lives just that little bit easier.
curtains — perfect for own or have used something Design Awards. These include
interested in exhibiting the British design. Speakers and exhibitions at the Museum,
Sydney designers unplugged: winners of the second SMH masterclass participants have workshopped in the city, the
gifts or a treat for that these people have the Clark sink plug designed Young Designer of the Year included Ron Arad, Carl Parramatta Design Excellence
people, process, product
yourself. designed. by Nielsen Design Associates
opens on 6 August. The Award. It was also at this time Pickering, Harry Seidler, Paul Awards, specialist architecture
and the Sydney 2000 Olympic that the Museum’s then senior Priestman, Marc Newson, tours by the RAIA, and
Many months or even years Museum’s annual selection
Torch designed by BlueSky curator of Australian Shigeru Ban, William Sawaya lectures, demonstrations,
can go into designing mass- from the Australian Design
Creative. For something decorative arts and design, and Tom Kovac. tours, student events and
produced products. Interviews Awards will be on display from
The Powerhouse Shop is open entirely new, there are Judith O’Callaghan, was another d factory design
with the designers reveal the 4 July. Last year Sydney Design Week
10.00 am – 5.00 pm, 7 days a week. Electrolux concept products planning the first exhibition for evening at the Powerhouse,
challenges involved in creating evolved yet again with an
that are not yet available on Angelique Hutchison,
Gift selection service, free gift everything from a rugged and the newly launched Design Sydney Design 05 will be the
the market. This design group Curator, Product Design extensive program that
wrapping and deliveries available. reliable torch to a sleek and Gallery. So, together with other name on everybody’s lips from
uses future visioning to included many more events
shiny toaster. Who would have Museum representatives, the August 6 to 21 this year.
For more information phone imagine new ways we might throughout the CBD and
thought that it could take over Design Institute of Australia,
(02) 9217 0331 or live and work in the future. beyond (including Parramatta). For more information go to
CLOCKWISE: SCENES FROM THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM’S the Royal Australian Institute of
email shops@phm.gov.au. This established SDW firmly in www.sydneydesign.com.au.
LAUNCH OF SYDNEY DESIGN WEEK 2004; THE 2004 YOUNG Architects (RAIA), UTS and the
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD DISPLAY; INTERNATIONAL the public’s mind as a cultural
Tord Boontje ‘garland’ light shade $132.95 GUEST SPEAKER WILLIAM SAWAYA WITH YOUNG DESIGNER OF University of NSW, these two Robert Swieca, Coordinator,
event not to be missed, aided
Utzon vase $139.95 SUNBEAM MIXMASTER PROFESSIONAL, DESIGNED BY SUNBEAM AUSTRALIA, 2003. THE YEAR AWARD RUNNER-UP ALANA DI GIACOMO. PHOTOS BY Sydney Design 05
Decorative carry bag $79.95 PHOTO COURTESY SUNBEAM AUSTRALIA. MARINCO KOJDANOVSKI.
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MORRIS & CO, AN ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA


TRAVELLING EXHIBITION, IS A HIGHLIGHT OF SYDNEY DESIGN 05.
story_ROBERT REASON, CURATOR, ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

fabulous furnishings
William Morris — the man behind the firm Morris & Morris designs in letters to the Barr Smiths and the Of particular interest is a rare and significant drawing
Co, which bore his name for 80 years — remains a president of the gallery’s board, Sir Samuel Way. in Morris’s own hand for the wallpaper Wreath. Highly
remarkable figure more than a century after his However it was not until 1917 that the gallery made its worked in colour and in its resolution of the design
death. Many of his ideas, concepts and activities still first and finest purchase of a Morris & Co tapestry, elements, the drawing provides a fascinating glimpse
seem relevant and modern at the beginning of the The adoration of the Magi from South Australian into Morris’s creative process. Freely drawn flowers
21st century. The popularity of his work endures and businessman George Brookman. and acanthus leaves are developed into a vigorous
he remains an influential figure with young designers diaper (diamond) construction of curves and scrolls
In 1982 the first Morris & Co furnishings belonging to
today. in pencil. Base areas of green and blue are then
the Barr Smith family were donated to the gallery, and
added, after which Morris narrows his focus to small
Morris found gothic and medieval art to be of great in 1989 Christopher Menz, then Curator of European
detailed sections in gouache showing the subtle
beauty compared to the machine-made goods of and Australian Decorative Arts, was given a brief to
tonal variations he required of his wallpapers.
mid 19th century Britain. His design sources are collect and preserve as much of the family’s Morris &
varied, but what is interesting about his best designs Co work as possible. The gallery also acquired Morris created Wreath as the master working drawing
is the mixture of representational and patterned material from London to build the largest collection of for his printers Jeffrey & Co, including extensive
images. William Morris’s greatest skill as a designer Morris & Co furnishings outside Britain. In 2002 annotation, which largely discusses the shading of
was his ability to create repeating patterns, a Christopher Menz curated the impressive Morris & Co the acanthus leaves. Jeffrey & Co would have then
technique he taught to others, who then executed the exhibition showcasing the gallery’s vast collection of traced and multiplied the repeat pattern so that a
work. Directly related to this is Morris’s socialist the company’s textiles, furniture, carpets, wallpaper, series of wood blocks could be cut for printing the
interest in the role of the artist/craftsperson and the drawings and pamphlets. wallpaper. Colour tests would then have been carried
relationship between society and the objects it out, and in this case the written comments, which
Morris & Co is now an Art Gallery of South Australia
produced. He firmly established within his own were sent back to Morris, remain attached to the
travelling exhibition and will open at the Powerhouse
company a philosophy based on handmade quality drawing.
Museum in August as a highlight of Sydney Design
and a return to the practice of individual workers
05. Included in the exhibition is the magnificent Morris & Co is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated
completing all stages of an object’s production.
Adoration of the Magi tapestry designed by Edward full-colour catalogue by Christopher Menz, now
Adelaide and the Art Gallery of South Australia have a Burne-Jones and produced in the workshop of Morris Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia.
long association with the work of Morris & Co. From & Co in about 1900. Hanging, designed in the 1890s Christopher will give a public lecture on Morris’s work
1884 until 1929 the wealthy Adelaide couple Robert by May Morris, William Morris’s daughter, is another on 20 August at the Powerhouse and is guest
and Joanna Barr Smith and their family were major beautiful work in richly embroidered silks on a green speaker at the Annual Members Dinner on the same
clients of Morris’s London shop, furnishing many of silk ground. Wallpapers include Trellis, Morris’s first day.
their South Australian houses almost exclusively from wallpaper design, and the magnificent Acanthus, one
the firm. As early as 1899 the gallery’s honorary of the companys’ most expensive papers. This piece
curator, Harry P Gill, discussed his wish to purchase was rescued from one of the Barr Smith’s houses in
1982 as it was being demolished.

WREATH, DESIGNED BY WILLAIM MORRIS, ABOUT 1876, MORRIS & CO, GOUACHE, PENCIL ON PAPER, 75 X 50.8 CM. MORGAN THOMAS AND MARY OVERTON
BEQUEST FUNDS AND THE ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA FOUNDATION 2003.
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OUR ANNUAL MEMBERS DINNER IS ONCE AGAIN
A HIGHLIGHT OF SYDNEY’S DESIGN FESTIVAL

PETER JACKSON (LEFT) ENJOYS A TALK WITH DAVID STRATTON AT


WHEN SMOKY DAWSON RECENTLY DONATED SOME MEMORABILIA FROM HIS LONG CAREER, ` THE STATE THEATRE. PHOTO BY JEAN-FRANCOIS LANZARONE. + news and photos
HE MADE A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE MUSEUM’S PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION. + prizes to be won
Filmmaker Peter Jackson is most respected film critics,
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well known for avoiding the Mr Jackson gave a very
once in a spotlight. But in the case of personal insight into the + family activities

Australia’s favourite cowboy lifetime


the Powerhouse and its
staging of The Lord of the
Rings Motion Picture Trilogy —
creation of the trilogy as well
as his own journey as a
filmmaker, from humble
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The Exhibition he made a rare beginnings in New Zealand to


exception to be guest of world-famous director. Along
Smoky Dawson has lived a long life entertaining to welcome them home. In 1952 they began the
honour at our special event ‘An the way he treated the
audiences as a singer, songwriter, scriptwriter, radio Smoky Dawson radio show, which stayed on air for
Evening with Peter Jackson’ on packed house to never-
presenter and all round performer (including knife ten years and featured both Smoky and Dot.
Sunday 12 March. before-seen out-takes from
and double-headed axe thrower and sharp shooter). Including Smoky Dawson’s dramatic adventure serials
the making of the films — Members e-newsletter
A pioneer of Australian country music, he was our first (The adventures of Jindawarrabell and The For the two thousand strong
footage which may never be
cowboy entertainer. Through his radio serials, comic adventures of Smoky Dawson), the program was audience in the packed If you would like to receive the regular Members
seen again. For all those
books and songs he created the persona of a happy- syndicated nationally to 69 radio stations and auditorium of the State e-newsletter with updates on all members events
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became ‘Australia’s favourite cowboy’, with his horse in the air. Interviewed by David members@phm.gov.au with your membership
Born in 1913 in Melbourne, Herbert Dawson was raised the expression ‘a once in a
Flash, his faithful sidekick Jingles and their young Stratton, one of Australia’s number and e-newsletter in the subject line.
in Warrnambool. After the death of his mother and lifetime experience’!
friend Billy, fighting the evil outlaw Grogan while
brother, he spent three years in an orphanage and
adhering to Smoky’s ‘code of the west’. Sometimes
has recalled that, even at that early age, music
soothed him. By the age of eight or nine he was
making up songs. He began his musical career in
1934 when he formed a country and western group
they would pause to explain the moral of the story,
sing a song or enjoy a bowl of cornflakes, thanks to
the program’s sponsor Kellogg’s. This persona
+
became the hero of the Smoky Dawson comic books. The first few months in the Zealand’s WETA Workshop. Of place during Sydney’s design
and began doing live radio broadcasts on Melbourne
radio station 3UZ. While working in radio he met his Smoky had a long and distinguished recording and Museum this year were a course, capping off this festival in August, with special
future wife Dot (Florence Cheers) who presented a performing career. When he wasn’t working he used from the fabulous mixture of hobbits exclusive suite of events was guest this year, Christopher
children’s program. The couple were married in 1944. his skills in whip cracking, story telling, sharp and elves, as the Powerhouse ‘An Evening with Peter Menz, curator of the Morris &
shooting and trick riding to raise money for charities
members hosted our most successful Jackson’ at the State Theatre. Co exhibition and now Director
Smoky served in World War II with the First Australian exhibition ever, The Lord of the See the members scene page of the Art Gallery of South
Army Entertainment Unit, performing for troops on the
and community projects. He was inducted into the
Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown in 1978,
team Rings Motion Picture Trilogy — for some great photos of the Australia. So book early as this
frontlines of New Guinea. He recorded locally for EMI The Exhibition. We hope you WETA Workshop at work. event is always popular with
received an MBE in 1983 for services to country music
in the 1940s with his group the Rocky Canyon Boys, had the chance to come along members and their guests.
and was awarded the Order of Australia in 1999. He But now something to look
releasing singles such as ‘I’m a Happy-Go-Lucky to some of the special
and Dot still present the Australian country music forward to in these colder Remember, the Members team
Cowhand’ (1941), ‘Just a Sprig of Golden Wattle’ (1945) members events including
showcase on community radio station 2NSB-FM. months! Why not indulge in a is available seven days a week
and ‘The Lights of Cobb & Co’ (1948). after hours viewings, prosthetic
Peter Cox night of fantastic company, via email, phone or in the
In 1950 Smoky and Dot travelled to the USA where he makeup application displays,
SMOKY DAWSON’S COWBOY HAT WAS MADE BY THE Curator, Australian History and Society food and entertainment at our Members Lounge, so feel free
FAMOUS JOHN B STETSON COMPANY OF SCOTTSDALE, worked in radio, appeared in Broadway productions, and a lecture by Richard
Annual Members Dinner? The to drop in and meet us next
ARIZONA. HIS COMIC BOOKS HAD A DISTINCTLY Taylor, director of New
AUSTRALIAN FLAVOUR, AS DID HIS COMPOSITION ‘RIDIN’
recorded songs and performed at Nashville’s Grand dinner will once again take time you are in the Museum.
WITH A SMILE AND A SONG’, THE SMOKY DAWSON THEME Ole Opry. When they returned to Australia, they were
SONG. GIFT OF SMOKY DAWSON, 2004. PHOTO BY JEAN-
greeted by a crowd of well-wishers at Sydney Airport A TABLE SETTING FROM THE ANNUAL MEMBERS DINNER.
The Members team
FRANCOIS LANZARONE.
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+ Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June


Sydney Observatory
Festival of astronomy
Saturday 18 June
Members discount shopping day
Saturday 25 June
SoundHouse™
digital music workshop for teenagers
Warm up this winter at the Powerhouse shop! We
Take a torchlight tour of the signal station, view invite all members to a special shopping day, where In this workshop the Museum’s SoundHouse™ and

june Jupiter, the constellation Centaurus and the gibbous


moon through telescopes, hear 15 minute astronomy
you can choose from our range of simple, stylish
goods for fabulous gifts or a treat for yourself. Just
VectorLab will become your own production house
as the Museum’s digital media experts work with
talks, purchase the latest astronomy paraphernalia show your membership card to enjoy a special 20% you to devise, write, project manage, and produce
at our night fair and generally have an discount on most items with free gift wrapping. your own digital music projects. Hot winter special:
astronomically entertaining time. There will be a bring a friend and you will both save 25% on your
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
coffee cart and sausage sizzle on site. A mini-bus course fees! Call the members hotline for more
Cost: free
departs from Circular Quay every 20 minutes from details.
5.30 pm.
1.00–5.00 pm
6.00–10.00 pm Cost: members $60; guests $90 (includes $30 student membership)
Cost: members $12 adults / $10 conc / $8 children / $32 family; guests $15
adults / $12 conc / $10 children / $40 family, For details phone 9217 0485.

+ Books, toys, designer vases, bags, lampshades and wallhangings.


Shop ’til you drop on our members discount shopping day!

+ Monday 4 July
Exhibition walkthrough
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July
Sydney Observatory
Einstein extravaganza weekend
Saturday 16 July
VectorLab: digital video editing
The home studio movie maker
Saturday 16 July
Harry Potter excursion: Gleewarts Express
Saturday 30 July
SoundHouse™
digital photography workshop for teenagers
Animal, vegetable and mineral: the weird and Powerhouse Members are invited to take a magical
wonderful world of the Powerhouse Museum 1880–1939 Students, families and friends are invited to a The video editor has never before had such powerful journey on a real 38 class steam train to celebrate Take your digital photography skills to the next level in
weekend of science activity and fun. Enjoy the or flexible creative tools. This course covers all the the launch of the new book Harry Potter and the this workshop. Whether you are new to the field of
july Not to be missed! Animal, vegetable and mineral
tells the fascinating story of the early days of the
keynote lectures each day at 2.00 pm; meet our principal areas of video editing and working with half-blood prince. No muggles will be allowed as you digital photography or want skills and tips to improve
‘special’ guests Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, video images including editing and sequencing, travel in style to Hogsmeade and receive your copy your work, this course is the one for you. Bring your
Museum when it collected the ‘weird and the
Marie Curie and Valentina Tereshkova, the first effects and filters, text titles, file types, formats and of the new book. Wear your Hogwarts uniform and own digital camera and work with our team of digital
wonderful’ and its role was to educate working men
woman in space; join the space race by launching a output options for TV, DVD CDrom and the Web. Bring make sure you pack your wand! media experts. Hot winter special: bring a friend and
and women about life in a changing world. Senior
rocket with our ‘famous’ rocket designers Sergei your own digital video camera. you will both save 25% on your course fees!
curator Kimberley Webber will take you on an in- Seats are strictly limited. Early bookings are essential
Korolev (Russia) and Wernher von Braun (USA); see a
depth tour of the exhibition, followed by light 10.00 am – 3.30 pm by return owl on 0422 272 521 (8.00 am – 8.00 pm) or 1.00–5.00 pm
special 3-D theatre program; view the skies through
refreshments in the Members Lounge. Cost: members $100; guests $130 0418 976 899 (8.00 pm – midnight) or by email Cost: members $60; guests $90 (includes $30 student membership)
telescopes; and hear our wandering minstrels.
11.00 am – 12.30 pm gleewarts@gleebooks.com.au. Presented by
10.30 am – 4.00 pm Gleebooks.
Cost: members $5; guests $10
Cost: members $6 adults / $4 conc / $4 child. For details phone 9217 0485. 5.45 am – 12.45 pm
Cost: $90 (price includes a copy of the new book at 9.01 am, two meals and

+
a donation to the Fred Hollows Foundation)

Discover everything you need to know about Einstein, space CHEF STEFANO MANFREDI WORKS
HIS CULINARY MAGIC AT LAST
travel and the skies above us at Sydney Observatory in July. YEARS ANNUAL MEMBERS DINNER.

+ Thursday 11 August
‘Tea and textiles: teaching young girls to sew’
Saturday 20 August
Annual Members Dinner
Saturday 27 August
SoundHouse™ digital video course for teenagers
Join senior curator Kimberley Webber for an Sydney’s annual design festival is once again the focus Create your own video in this workshop which
entertaining and informative talk on the Museum’s of our Annual Members Dinner. Enjoy a gourmet meal combines digital imaging and sound production
collection of samplers and children’s needlework. and fine wine in a wonderful location, followed by a skills. You’ll learn how to use video editing software
august Following the talk, we invite you to enjoy a cup of fascinating after dinner talk by Christopher Menz, Sony Vegas, which turns your computer into a virtual
tea and light refreshments in the Members Lounge. curator of the Morris & Co exhibition and Director of television studio. This hands-on workshop includes
the Art Gallery of South Australia. This is your chance time for project development — let our digital media
11.00 am – 12.30 pm
to experience the highlight of the Members calendar. experts expand your skills using your own digital
Cost: members $5; guests $10
Places are limited so book early! video camera. Hot winter special: bring a friend and
you will both save 25% on your course fees!
From 7.00 pm, Grand Foyer, Powerhouse Museum.
Cost: members $135; guests $160; table of ten $1150 1.00–5.00 pm
Cost: members $60; guests $90 (includes $30 student membership)

FROM THE EXHIBITION MORRIS & CO,


THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI
(DETAIL), DESIGNED BY EDWARD

+
BURNE-JONES AND J H DEARLE
(FLORAL GROUND) 1887, MORRIS &
CO, 1900–02, WOOL, SILK, 251.2 X
372.5 CM. MORGAN THOMAS
Book now for a night of fine food and fun at the event
BEQUEST FUND 1917, ART GALLERY OF
SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
of the year, the Powerhouse Annual Members Dinner.

how to book for members events payment for members events


Due to limited places, bookings are essential for every We accept: credit card payments by phone, fax or

winter 05
event. Please ring the Members hotline on (02) 9217 mail; cheques; money orders; or cash at the level 4
0600 to make your booking before you send in entrance to the Museum. We pay for all events once
payment. For events at Sydney Observatory, please bookings are confirmed, so if you are unable to attend
ring (02) 9217 0485. Please leave a message quoting your event, please let us know ASAP or we will charge
your membership number, what event you are booking you to cover costs.
for and the number of members and guests. We will All events are held at the Powerhouse Museum unless otherwise stated. All

members’ calendar confirm your booking. dates, times and venues are correct at time of publication.
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members NO HOBBITS HERE! ACTOR JED BROPHY

scene PROWLS THE AUDITORIUM IN FULL


MAKEUP AND COSTUME.

FORMER MUSEUM DIRECTOR JACK


Powerhouse members were
among the fascinated
WILLIS DIED IN NOVEMBER 2004. HE
audience at the WETA JOINED THE MUSEUM IN 1948 AND
Workshop prosthetic makeup
display held at the Museum in WAS DIRECTOR FROM 1960 TO 1978.
February this year.
PHOTOS BY MARINCO KOJDANOVSKI
& MIKE JONES.

vale
RICHARD TAYLOR, DIRECTOR OF
WETA WORKSHOP, APPLIES THE
MAKEUP BASE.
THE TOP PART OF THE MASK IS
FITTED FIRST, THEN THE NOSE
AND CHIN ARE ADDED.
Jack Willis
Born in Sydney in 1918 and appointed the Museum’s first
educated at North Sydney designer and extended the
Boy’s High School and the education programs. Most
University of Sydney, Jack importantly for today’s
Willis worked as a chemist in Powerhouse, he continued to
the paint industry and on lobby government about the
essential oils before being desperate need for a new site
YOUNG VISITOR BRYANT STRONG
HAS A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH AN appointed botanical research and a new building. In his time
ORC.
officer at the Museum in 1948. as director over 30 sites were
Together with the other considered, ranging from the
research officers he engaged Queen Victoria Building and
in extensive fieldwork and The Rocks to a site adjacent
published a range of articles to Macquarie University at
on essential oils culminating in Ryde.
the publication of The
The one site that he did not
eucalypts: botany, cultivation,
consider seriously was the
chemistry and utilization (co-
former Ultimo Power House.
authored with former Museum
FROM MAN TO MONSTER: THE As he somewhat ruefully
director, Arthur Penfold).
TEETH COMPLETE THE EFFECT. admitted in a later interview,
When Penfold retired in 1955 he inspected the site with the
he had hoped that Willis would deputy director, Howard
succeed him. However, Willis’s McKern, and found ‘a
youth and the long service of complete mess … [there was]
 Penfold’s deputy, Frank
Morrison, counted against him.
a huge hole in the ground full
of greasy green water and all
It was another five years the panes were out of the
before he was made director windows. I made the classic
We are very happy to exhibition book, featuring over and then he was unabashed in remark … nobody would make
more announce that Ms J Wagner of 160 colour plates and in-depth his enthusiasm. Writing to a museum out of this lot!’
Penfold who was then
members Wallerawang was the winner of
the family holiday to New
information on the Benaki
collection, simply phone the overseas he declared, ‘So
Willis retired in 1978 but
retained a keen interest in the
prizes Zealand, courtesy of Air New Powerhouse Members hotline there it is, after all the
struggles, the reports and
Powerhouse, spending his first
Zealand and Powerhouse (02) 9217 0600 after 10.00 am years of retirement writing its
Members. We trust that Ms on Friday 10 June 2005. The recommendations, the verbal
history, From palace to
Wagner and family will enjoy first three members to call will battles and discussions, the
Powerhouse, a work that has
the trip. receive this fantastic ups and downs, the hopes and
been an invaluable resource
publication. If you aren’t lucky fears, I have made it at last — I
And now a special offer from for the current history. In 2001
enough to win, you can only hope I can prove equal to
Powerhouse Publishing to he was awarded the
purchase your copy at the the task and carry on the work
celebrate the opening of Powerhouse Museum
Powerhouse Shop when which you so ably began way
Greek treasures: from the Distinguished Service Award in
visiting the exhibition or back in the thirties … ’
Benaki Museum in Athens. For recognition of his contribution. JACK WILLIS’S GREAT PASSION WAS RESEARCH. THIS PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN IN THE
contact Powerhouse Publishing (15 March 1960). 1950S SHOWS HIM INSPECTING THE EUCALYPTS HE HAD PLANTED AT CASTLE HILL TO
your chance to win a copy of Kimberley Webber, INVESTIGATE WHICH VARIETIES HAD THE MOST COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL. ALTHOUGH
(see the mailorder form with Willis developed the research
the beautifully illustrated Senior Curator, Australian HE ACCEPTED ITS INEVITABILITY, WILLIS ALWAYS REGRETTED THE CLOSURE OF THE
this issue). program, modernised exhibits, MUSEUM’S RESEARCH LABORATORIES.
History and Society
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a wizard’s wish
The face of the world is
changing. As we enter the
new millennium, industries are
beginning to acknowledge
that sustainability is an
important part of their bottom
line. This transformation
represents a shift in focus
towards acknowledging the
entire lifecycle of the products
we produce, operating more
efficiently and using
sustainability as a driver for
innovation. Companies and
individuals have found that
working with a socially
conscious vision has many
advantages, from improved
productivity and company
image to reductions in
wastage and employee
attrition.
I believe that the next wave of
innovation will focus largely on
THE MUSEUM IS NOW CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS FOR POWERHOUSE resources, from natural A POWERHOUSE EXHIBITION CELEBRATING THE WORK OF THE AWARD-WINNING INDIGENOUS
WIZARD 2005. SO WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A WIZARD? resources to human and DESIGN STUDIO BALARINJI WAS A RECENT HIT IN TWO PRESTIGIOUS JAPANESE GALLERIES.
information resources. This
wave will be driven by
achieving better eco-

wizard’s work effectiveness of production


and design, by taking the load
off the environment and
sustainably utilising
Balarinji in Japan
complementary ecosystem
In September last year Dr James Bradfield Moody, Director, Divisional Business Strategy, CSIRO Land Since they were established almost 20 years ago, Dai Working with experienced staff at ddd and ggg
services. Essentially,
well known panellist on television’s The new inventors, and Water, the largest water research and Nippon Printing’s Duo Dojima (ddd) gallery in Osaka galleries and their curatorial consultant, Ms Chikako
sustainable development will
was made the first Powerhouse Museum Wizard. This development organisation in Australia. and the Ginza Graphic Gallery (ggg) in Ginza, Tokyo, Tatsuuma, meant that eveything progressed well and
be driving the next wave of
award, sponsored by Wizard Home Loans, recognises have collaborated with a number of major cultural the exhibitions opened to an enthusiastic and
The list is exhausting but James’ energy and passion innovation.
emerging leaders in Australian innovation and institutions to hold exhibitions of international and responsive audience, first in Osaka in November 2004
haven’t waned during his term as Powerhouse Wizard.
achievement. In the future we will know Japanese graphic design. The result has been an then Tokyo in February this year. At the opening
He plans a range of activities with the Museum,
more and more about the impressive record of thematic design exhibitions and ceremonies John and Ros Moriarty spoke about their
James believes passionately in the role young including hosting the student program for Sydney
planet, where to find water dozens of exhibitions dedicated to individual graphic approach to design and the history of the company,
socially conscious business people can play in Design 05 in August and participating in the Sydney
and how to protect our vital designers from all over the world. including the significance of John’s Yanuwa heritage. In
society. In the last five years he worked with the Design 05 Hypothetical. In this forum a team of
ecosystems. Technologies Osaka I presented a paper on Indigenous Australian
United Nations as co-facilitator and Australian panellists will interpret the future of urban planning The Powerhouse Museum and the ddd and ggg
such as spatial information graphic design from 1930 to today, co-presenting the
representative of the Youth Advisory Council to the using modelling technology to map an array of galleries first made contact (through former Museum
allow us to understand how to same paper in Tokyo with Fabri Blacklock, the
UN Environment Program (UNEP), as founder and co- unfolding outcomes and alternative scenarios. trustee Gene Sherman) when we were attempting to
manage our resources more Museum’s assistant curator of Koori history and culture.
chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council in put together an exhibition on the work of designer
The Museum is now calling for nominations for effectively and where to focus
support of the UN Program on Space Applications, as Ikko Tanaka. Unfortunately that project did not go To the delight of all involved, the reaction to the
Powerhouse Wizard 2005, spanning the areas of our efforts. And tools such as
member of the Science and Technology delegation to ahead when Mr Tanaka died suddenly in 2002, but a exhibition and talks was overwhelmingly positive: ‘I
design and decorative arts, Australian history, and whole-of-lifecycle design allow
the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development connection had been made. Some time later, ddd am impressed by Balarinji's use of colours. Their
science and technology. Like James, the new Wizard us to build products for the
(2002), and executive secretary of the taskforce on gallery approached the Powerhouse with an invitation works are so powerful and very contemporary’, one
will receive $5000 to assist their career development long-term.
Science and Technology for the Millennium to help identify, and possibly help develop, a suitable young student wrote in the visitors’ book. ‘I want to
and will also have the opportunity to promote their
Development Goals. He has attended the World I strongly believe that this exhibition of Australian graphic design. After much know more about Australian Indigenous people and
work and achievements through public programs at
Economic Forum as a Global Leader of Tomorrow vision for the future presents discussion, ddd gallery chose to tour the Museum’s culture. What Balarinji is doing and their activities and
the Powerhouse Museum.
(2003), was chief systems engineer for FedSat, the Australia with an incredible Balarinji: ancient culture, contemporary design return to the Australian Indigenous community. I think
first Australian Satellite to be launched in 30 years, Nominations close on 30 July. See the nomination opportunity. We have some of exhibition, which had been displayed in our it is wonderful’, wrote another.
and in 2000 was named Young Professional Engineer form in this issue of Powerline or go to the most precious natural Indigenous gallery from June 2003.
In Japan we were overwhelmed by the hospitality
of the Year promoting ‘socially conscious powerhousemuseum.com/wizard. The 2nd resources and some of the
Ros and John Moriarty of Balarinji and I were invited offered and (to borrow John Moriarty’s words) made
engineering’. James is also founding president of the Powerhouse Wizard will be announced at the most innovative people.
to refine the content of the exhibition with an to ‘feel very safe and comfortable’. The whole
International Young Professionals Foundation and Museum's Life Fellows Dinner on 22 September 2005. Sustainability provides
emphasis on graphic design. Globally oriented experience, involving such generous gestures of
Young Engineers Australia, and a member of the Australia with the prospects to
Rita Bila, Corporate Development Officer graphics such as Balarinji’s designs for Qantas planes goodwill, cultural exchange and professional
federal government’s National Environmental develop new technologies
and the logo for the Australian Pavilion at World Expo collaboration, not to mention the opportunity to
Education Council. He was recently appointed which will continue to
2005 in Aiichi, Japan, were selected, along with display such globally significant examples of
challenge our values and
posters for regional events such as the Moree Croc Australian graphic design, will make it a highlight of
practices in the future.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR VIEWS OF THE BALARINJI EXHIBITION AT Fests and the Walk for Reconciliation march across my career for many years to come.
Dr James Bradfield Moody THE GGG GALLERY, TOKYO; INTERPRETER MS YUMI AODA (LEFT)
Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2000.
WITH FABRI BLACKLOCK AND ANNE-MARIE VAN DE VEN AT THE Anne Marie Van de Ven
POWERHOUSE WIZARD DR JAMES BRADFIELD MOODY AT THE Powerhouse Wizard 2004 EXHIBITION OPENING IN TOKYO. PHOTOS COURTESY GGG GALLERY,
MUSEUM IN 2005. PHOTO BY MARINCO KOJDANOVSKI. TOKYO, AND DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO. Curator, Decorative Arts and Design
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NEW RELEASES FROM POWERHOUSE PUBLISHING


Remember! Members receive 10% discount on all titles from the Powerhouse Shop and mailorder.
RESTORATION WORK ON THE MUSEUM’S MUCH LOVED
STRASBURG CLOCK MODEL IS DUE TO BE COMPLETED IN
SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR WHEN IT WILL TAKE PRIDE OF
PLACE IN THE GALLERIA.

Yesterday’s tomorrows: the


Powerhouse Museum and its

a monumental clock
precursors 1880–2005
GRAEME DAVISON AND KIMBERLEY
WEBBER (EDS)
Celebrating 125 years! Edited by
eminent historian and author Graeme
Davison and Powerhouse senior curator
Kimberley Webber, this richly illustrated
and engaging book looks at the
Museum’s fascinating history. For 125 The model of the Strasburg on display for 32 weeks in procession at the top of the
years, the Powerhouse Museum and its
Clock, which was to become Sydney, and the exhibition, clock is another welcome
precursors have been the place where
people have come to reflect on the one of the Museum’s most which was extended twice, return.
past and see the future. Yesterday’s popular exhibits, was built in included lectures and a 24
tomorrows invites you to reflect on the
Various original working parts
1887–89 by Richard page booklet. It seems highly
ways in which technology and design that have been replaced for
Bartholomew Smith, a Sydney likely that Smith saw the clock
have changed, and are still changing, conservation reasons will also
our world. watch and clockmaker (with during this time and was
be displayed alongside the
288 PAGES, WITH OVER 275 IMAGES, assistance from local inspired to make one of his
clock. Of particular interest will
RRP $55.00 — SPECIAL PRICE FROM woodcarver James own.
THE POWERHOUSE SHOP AND
be the notes that Smith
Cunningham). When the
MAILORDER $49.95 / MEMBERS $44.95 Smith’s clock was on display engraved on these devices
Museum’s first curator, Joseph
Published in association with University when the Museum opened in over the years, which act as a
Maiden, saw the clock he
of NSW Press. its new premises in Harris St, diary of his work. In one
decided he must have it for
Ultimo, in 1893 and quickly engraving Smith writes: ‘ This
the collection and wrote to
became a favourite with piece of mechanism has
Smith in November 1889
visitors. It also became the become [unworkable] after
asking if the model was for
focus of a long and often being in the hands of a
sale. Despite initial resistance
difficult relationship between plumber named Rumsey for
from Smith, the clock was
the Museum and the model about 16 years who
purchased by the Museum in
maker who was by all completely destroyed many
1890 for £700. For the next 50
accounts a genuine eccentric. parts of this mechanism’.
years Smith maintained that
Smith continued to carry out (Obviously written after a
the price was too low, though
maintenance work on the period when Smith was
he was prepared to overlook
clock until 1939, and also gave persona non grata with staff at
this for an opportunity to have
lectures and demonstrations, the Museum.) On another we FROM TOP LEFT: THIS PHOTO OF
his model on public exhibition,
which were popular in spite of see a plaque that Smith RICHARD SMITH APPEARED WITH AN
in an educational ARTICLE BY HIM IN A 1900S EDITION
the rather erratic nature of his installed acknowledging his OF SCIENTIFIC AMERICA. SMITH
establishment where people ANNOTATED HIS COPY OF THE
presentation. He was at debt to various ‘gentlemen’ ARTICLE WITH NOTES ABOUT THE
could learn something about
various times banned from who had assisted with MAKING OF THE CLOCK; THE
timekeeping, religion, STRASBURG CLOCK; THE FIGURE OF
working on the clock following restoration work on the clock. THE CHILD, THE FIRST OF THE ‘FOUR
astronomy and old clocks. STAGES OF MAN’, WHICH APPEAR IN
Greek treasures: from the Benaki
outbursts and arguments with Some of the names were
ROTATION EVERY QUARTER HOUR;
Museums in Athens Richard Smith was only 25 Museum staff but it seems not subsequently scratched out CONSERVATOR KEITH POTTER AT
WORK ON THE CLOCK. PHOTOS BY
A fascinating insight into the life and years old when he started even the reputedly tough by Smith, apparently after MARINCO KOJDANOVSKI.
beauty of the Greek world and its work on his model and had Arthur Penfold, director of the disputes regarding the
succession of colonies and empires
spanning eight millennia. Beautifully never been to Strasbourg to Museum from 1929–55, had working of the clock.
illustrated with ceramics, gold jewellery, see the famous clock on the heart to enforce the ban
toys, textiles, Byzantine painted icons,
Smith died in 1942, a colourful
which it was based. So why permanently.
metalware, ornate weaponry and oil character who left an
and how did he build it? We
paintings. In July 2002, after being on important legacy to the
know for sure that he was
264 PAGES WITH OVER 160 IMAGES, display almost constantly for people of Sydney and beyond.
RRP $45.00 — SPECIAL PRICE FROM influenced by the work of
115 years, the clock was The clock, which is described
THE POWERHOUSE SHOP AND Scottish clock and instrument
MAILORDER $39.95 / MEMBERS $35.95
removed for extensive affectionately by Keith Potter
maker James Ferguson
restoration. Since then as more ‘logical horror than
(1710–76) as Smith engraved
See the mailorder an acknowledgment to him on
conservator Keith Potter has horological’, is without doubt
been kept busy cleaning and one of the Museum’s most
insert in this issue. the back of the clock. Recent
lubricating the entire loved treasures. Visitors will be
investigations have also
mechanism and returning to able to see it restored to its
revealed another possible
working order some features original glory from September
solution to the puzzle. In
that have not operated for this year on level 4.
December 1886, The Sydney
many years. These include two
Morning Herald carried an Des Barrett, Curator,
cherubs that stand beside the
advertisement for the display Engineering and Design, with
clock face: one which strikes
of ‘the only perfect model of additional information by
Powerhouse books are available a gong on the quarter hour,
from the Powerhouse Shop, good the Great Astronomical, Keith Potter, Engineering
the other a sand glass. A
bookstores and by mailorder. Mechanical and Apostolic Conservator.
For more information or to order, crowing cock that
Clock of Strasburg ever
contact Powerhouse Publishing accompanies St Peter’s denial
on (02) 9217 0129 constructed’. The clock was
of Christ during the apostolic
or email phpub@phm.gov.au
powerhousemuseum.com/publications
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THE PATH PROJECT HAS CREATED STATE-OF-THE-ART STORAGE


FACILITIES FOR THE MUSEUM. IT WILL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC IN
2006 AND DISPLAY A RANGE OF STRANGE AND MAGNIFICENT
OBJECTS, SOME NOT SEEN FOR HALF A CENTURY OR MORE.

the path to Castle Hill


In mid 2004 the Powerhouse Museum began one of the ground in 1882. The fledgling Museum was three off-site stores at Redfern, Alexandria and
the largest museum storage relocation and subsequently housed in the Agricultural Hall — little Arncliffe. The Redfern store was part of a modern The lease on Jones Street was due to expire in late Many of the objects located at Jones Street and digital images of objects to the electronic database.
consolidation projects ever undertaken in Australia. more than a tin shed — in the Domain. Within two building and was clean and air-conditioned. This store 2005, so in early 2002 the Museum began to look Castle Hill have not been seen for many years as they With current advances in technology, we have also
Known as the PATH project (Powerhouse at the Hills), it years the Museum had outgrown the shed and by 1888 was used to house many of the small and fragile again at various storage options. Expanding facilities at have been stored in old packing crates. The PATH introduced portable computing into the stores using
involved moving about 20 000 objects — comprising attendance was declining because the building was objects. The Alexandria store was a converted wool the 2.8 hectare Castle Hill site, which already housed project is using this opportunity to unpack crates and personal data assistants. These PDAs are connected to
70% of our collection, in terms of bulk rather than too cramped to put many of the objects on display. shed and the Arncliffe store was a disused factory. some of the largest objects in the collection, was the identify the contents. In the process many strange and a wireless link allowing the PATH team to relocate
sheer numbers — from rented premises in the city to Both these stores were far from what could be preferred option. The NSW state government amazing things have come to light. These include an objects from the floor ‘live’ using barcodes on the
Relief came in 1893, when the Museum was renamed subsequently allocated 12 million dollars to construct old model of Christopher Columbus’ ship the Santa object and the location. This has made object
new purpose-built storage facilities at Castle Hill. Cars, considered ‘ideal’ storage conditions for Museum
the Technological Museum and moved to new two new state-of-the-art object stores, to supplement Maria that is actually a valve radio with part of the movement and tracking more accurate as well as
horse-drawn vehicles, buses, fire engines and model objects.
premises in Harris Street, Ultimo. With space once the existing five stores on site. Construction of the new rigging forming the aerial. The dilemma about this increasing efficiency.
sailing ships were among the objects being moved
again, the Museum collected objects both familiar and The refurbishment of the old tram shed in the early stores began in June 2003 and was completed ahead object is whether it should be stored with the other
during the project. Two small enthusiastic teams including registrars,
exotic. Chinese musical instruments, Australian 1980s included new facilities for more appropriate of schedule in June 2004. ship models or with the radios! Other remarkable
The new state-of-the-art stores at Castle Hill join five decorative arts, Japanese swords, model locomotives, object storage. This combined with newly leased conservators and project officers, many of whom are
objects found were a very old timber model of
stores already on the site and mean that, for the first reproductions of the 'treasures' of Europe and the premises in Jones Street, Ultimo, and the construction During the construction stage, planning for the new employees to the Museum, are carrying out the
Pyrmont Bridge and a sectioned full-size rocket with
time since the 1940s, the Museum’s entire collection latest in technology — these were the drawcards that of stores at Castle Hill allowed the Museum to relocation of the collection from Jones Street to Castle relocation. One team is based at the Jones Street
transparent panels so that you can see how it works.
will be housed in premises that are owned and kept visitors flowing in. consolidate its storage in three locations. The Hill began. This involved a total survey of the stored store and is responsible for the processing, packing
operated by the Museum. Museum’s Castle Hill property had previously served collection at both Jones Street and Castle Hill to Televisions that were stored on pallets high in the and preparation for transport of the objects to Castle
By 1945, when the Museum became the Museum of determine the criteria for how the collection would be racking of G store have been photographed and Hill. The second and smaller team is based at Castle
as a eucalypt plantation and scientific research centre
Only about 5% of the Museum’s vast collection — Applied Arts and Sciences, the collection had grown to stored. We needed to know the volume, method of many will find their way into the upcoming exhibition Hill and is responsible for putting the objects into their
until the 1970s.
about 350 000 objects — is on display at any one such an extent that exhibition and storage areas were storage and which collection areas the objects fell into. celebrating 50 years of television. Approximately 60 final locations as well as the movement of objects
time. Until work began on the PATH project, objects not again becoming overcrowded. Several off-site Broadly speaking, the collection falls into three distinct vehicles have been moved to Castle Hill including between stores at Castle Hill.
on display were stored in three separate locations warehouses were used to house the rapidly expanding areas: decorative arts and design, social history, and For the first time in its history, the Museum has had
cars, horse drawn vehicles and a solar car. Steam
across Sydney in a variety of specialised museum collection. science and technology. The decorative arts the opportunity to rationalise its approach to storage The PATH project will conclude by the end of June
traction engines, buses, Harry’s Café de Wheels and
stores and warehouses totalling 15 000 square metres. collections tend to be the smaller and more fragile and create a more logical arrangement of objects. 2005 and from July the store will become fully
The situation was critical by the time the NSW state a fire engine have also been moved into the new
parts of the collection and these objects are mostly Previously objects in ‘off-site’ stores tended to be operational as the Museum’s Collection Access and
Almost from its inception the Museum has grappled government announced in 1979 that the Museum would display store.
stored in the on-site store at the Museum. The science stored where they would fit. This project enables us Support Centre, the focus for documentation and
with the problem of inadequate storage. The move to the disused Ultimo power station and tram to store the objects by collection type, which In late 2003, the Museum’s new collection information preservation of the Museum’s extensive collection. It is
and technology parts of the collection tend to be the
Technological, Industrial and Sanitary Museum grew shed site just up the road from its Harris Street inevitably makes the collection more accessible to database program (EMu) came online and we saw the anticipated that the display store will be open to the
bulkier items and mainly reside in off-site stores. The
out of the 1879 International Exhibition at the Garden building. At this time the collection was stored in the Museum staff, researchers and the public. PATH project as an ideal opportunity to check and public from mid 2006 and will present new and
social history collections are shared equally between
Palace in Sydney’s Botanical Gardens, which burnt to top floor attic of the old building in Harris Street and in update a large number of object records and add exciting challenges for the future.
on and off-site stores.

USING A FORKLIFT, PATH PROJECT OFFICER THE SURF REEL IS TAGGED AND PHOTOGRAPHED THE SURF REEL IS UNLOADED AT THE DOCK OF PATH PROJECT OFFICER SKYE MITCHELL USES A A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF LEVEL 2 OF H STORE AT
SARAH MILGATE REMOVES A SURF REEL PRIOR TO BEING LOADED ONTO THE TRUCK FOR CASTLE HILL’S NEW H STORE. BARCODE SCANNING POCKET PC TO ENTER CASTLE HILL. THESE SHELVES WILL BE FILLED
DONATED BY SOUTH CURL CURL LIFE SAVING THE TRIP TO CASTLE HILL. LOCATION DETAILS FOR THE SURF REEL IN ITS WITH RARELY SEEN OBJECTS FROM THE
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This five-branch silver


candelabrum was presented to
Sir Charles Cowper (1807–75)
by the Sydney Railway
Company in recognition of his
contribution to building the first
railway in NSW from Sydney to
Parramatta. As chairman of the
company, Cowper worked
tirelessly to overcome labour
and financial difficulties,
eventually convincing the
government to take over the
line which opened in 1855. In
1869 the line was extended to
Goulburn, to the satisfaction of
the graziers and merchants
there who had been key
lobbbyists for the railway and
among the first shareholders in
the company.
The candelabrum was made in
the workshop of Robert
Garrard II, one of London’s
foremost silversmiths. It was
part of a six-piece silver set
valued at £662 12s, a
substantial sum in the mid
1800s. This piece was
purchased at auction by the
Museum in 2003 and will go on
display in July this year as part
of the revamped Locomotive
No 1 exhibition.

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