Underpants worn by James Castrission and Justin Jones during the Crossing the Ice Antarctic expedition. Image courtesy of James Castrission and Justin Jones.
These two pairs of undies are part of a large collection of equipment and personal items used by Antarctic adventurers James Castrission (Cas) and Justin Jones (Jonsey) on their ‘Crossing the Ice’ Antarctic expedition to the South Pole, 2011-2012.
You may rightly notice that the pair on the left does not look like your average pair of underpants and it would not be remiss of you to ask what the unusual thing attached to them could possibly be…
Tandem monkey bicycle with toy monkeys. The bike was made by the Edworthy Cycle and Motor Works of Sydney from metal tubing and re-spoked pram wheels. Powerhouse Museum collection 2008/197/2. Gift of Kenneth Edworthy, 2008.
Do you remember the monkeys riding tiny bicycles at Sydney’s Taronga Park Zoo? This miniature tandem bicycle was made for the Zoo’s monkey circus and used between 1936 and 1940. It’s one of the most unusual bicycles produced by the Sydney firm, Edworthy Cycle & Motor Works.
Nota Type IV ‘Fang’ sports racing car, chassis No. 224/71, made by Chris Buckingham, Nota Engineering, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, 1971. Powerhouse Museum collection 90/557.
This Australian-designed and built sports racing car is the prototype for the Nota Type IV ‘Fang’ in the RT (Road Track) Series. It was manufactured in 1971 by a small Sydney-based automobile manufacturer, Nota Engineering, of 40 Smith Street, Parramatta, probably the oldest specialist manufacturer of sports cars in Australia.
Advertisement for an “18-30 Super-Drive” tractor made by Ronaldson Bros & Tippett Pty Ltd, The Austral Engineering Works, Ballarat, Vic, Australia, c.1925.
Before my recent role as a volunteer, any semblance of interest towards farm machinery and equipment came from when I was as a small child, diligently preparing the family vegie garden by raking the soil with all the exuberance that a young child could muster. Continue reading
Home made billycart. Powerhouse Museum collection, Gift of the National Trust of Australia, NSW, 1999, 99/4/83
Did you see that amazingly candid and moving interview with Clive James the other week? He spoke with great affection about his “Unreliable Memoirs” growing up in Sydney’s Kogarah. Funniest of all was his account of his billycart “super-train” taking out Mrs Branthwait’s prize poppy garden in Irene Street.
Boy’s two-piece sailor suit, wool gabardine, with reproduction necktie and hat, probably made in England, 1915-1925. Powerhouse Museum collection, A7722.
With thousands of sailors in Sydney this week for the International Fleet Review, celebrating 100 years since the Australian Navy sailed into Sydney Harbour in 1913, I thought I’d write about children’s sailor suits. Australian children visiting the fleet ships in 1913 wouldn’t have been wearing shorts and tee shirts like their counter parts in 2013 but most probably sailor suits.
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith standing in the front of the ‘Southern Cross’. Powerhouse Museum collection, P2753, gift of Austin Byrne, 1965.
I must have walked past the mounted row of wooden propellers in our large transport store dozens and dozens of times without registering what I was seeing. They are all mostly of beautiful polished timber but it’s the broken one that’s should have caught my eye. It’s from Sir Charles Kingsford Smith’s famous Fokker Tri-motor, ‘Southern Cross’. But what’s its story?
Model of the paddle steamer Wallaby made by Trevor Watson in 1975. Powerhouse Museum collection. B2248.
Have you been down to Echuca in Victoria on the Murray River (the NSW and Victorian border) and been for a ride on a paddle steamer? The story of the paddle steamers is one of Australia’s amazing inland pioneering transport systems on a par with the camel trains, bullock drays and Cobb and Co coaches.
Hammerhead crane, Garden Island, Sydney, 17.8.2013. Photo by Phillip Simpson.
Meccano model builders, industrial archaeologists and lovers of Sydney’s history were bitterly disappointed recently when the Navy announced on 8 August 2013 that the giant hammerhead crane towering over the Garden Island Naval Depot on Sydney Harbour will be demolished. According to the National Trust for NSW’s ‘Our Heritage at Risk’ web site, it’s “the largest crane in the Southern Hemisphere and it remains unique in Australia. Built to lift up to 250 tons, it is one of a series of cranes built around the world to service the British Navy fleet and, as such, demonstrates Australia’s position in the former British Empire”. Continue reading
- Monorail coming into the maintenance depot on the traverser. Photo by Geoff Friend.
Were you one of the thousands of well wishers who said goodbye to Sydney’s Monorail last weekend? After 25 years of operation its last journey was made on Sunday 30 June 2013 at 9.30 pm. But construction of the Monorail prompted much controversy. Were you in the Monorail or Monsterail camp? Did you love it or loathe it?