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A report from Powerhouse Museum Movable Heritage Fellow for 2013 – Claire McMullen, Wagga Wagga.

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Charlie Wong Hing at Clear Springs. Image courtesy Museum of the Riverina

Charlie Wong Hing at Clear Springs. Image courtesy Museum of the Riverina

One needs only to spend a few hours in Wagga Wagga to feel the real impact multiculturalism has had on the city. It is evident though its diversity in everything from restaurants to public parks, from a stroll down the main street, – to looking at the varied streetscape and at the people who inhabit the ever-growing city. Wagga has embraced cultural difference and has a long history with migrant resettlement. However, this has not always been the case.

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World AIDS Day 2013

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2000/86/1-2 Badge, 'WORLD AIDS DAY', metal, designed by the AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON) / Commonwealth Dept of Community Services and Health, maker unknown, Australia, 1987-1991

2000/86/1-2 Badge, ‘WORLD AIDS DAY’, metal, designed by the AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON) / Commonwealth Dept of Community Services and Health, maker unknown, Australia, 1987-199. Collection: Powerhouse Museum

Since its inception on 1 December 1988, World AIDS Day has played an important role in the ongoing global fight to remove the threat of HIV and AIDS. First diagnosed in 1981, the HIV and AIDS epidemic continues to be one of the world’s most significant public health issues, particularly in less affluent countries.
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Quentin Bryce and Republican symbolism

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Powerhouse Museum Collection object 94/227/4. Gift of Erica Mann, 1994.

Powerhouse Museum Collection object 94/227/4. Gift of Erica Mann, 1994.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce surprised Australia by mentioning two controversial issues at the conclusion of her final Boyer Lecture. She spoke with her usual grace as she presented positive opinions on both marriage equality and a future Australian republic. While the first issue has only risen to prominence in recent times, the idea of becoming a republic has a long history. This badge, probably made in the 1990s, uses the 1854 Eureka flag as a symbol of republican sympathy. I think it was refreshing to hear Bryce’s forthright declaration that she shares that sympathy, and that she also cares deeply about human rights. The media attention served to prompt me, and I hope others, to listen to her lectures in full.

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A robotic dog, Meccano spirograph and Sydney’s first Mini Maker Faire

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Aibo entertainment robot. Powerhouse Collection object 2000/12/1.

Aibo entertainment robot. Powerhouse Collection object 2000/12/1.

On 24 November 2013, the Powerhouse Museum will host a Mini Maker Faire. This is a spin-off from the US Maker Faire movement, which encourages individuals to make things and share the joy of making. We don’t plan to have our Aibo robotic dog on display for the event, but we do expect some exciting robots to visit along with their makers. There will be other electronic projects, an interactive musical instrument and 3D printers in action, plus food, jewellery, handbags and other accessories made by people who are passionate about the making process.

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Powerhouse Museum Pop-UP @ Haldon Street Festival, Lakemba

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Curator, Glynis Jones, in the Museum's Pop-UP stall in Lakemba

Curator, Glynis Jones, in the Museum’s Pop-UP stall in Lakemba

On Saturday 24th August, the Powerhouse Museum ‘popped-up’ with a small object display and promotional stall at the Haldon Street Festival in Lakemba. Attended by more than 20,000 people, predominantly from the local Canterbury Council area, the festival was a fantastic opportunity for the Museum to bring some of its collection to the people – in particular, objects which not only help to promote a major upcoming exhibition opening at the Museum in 2014, but which have a special relevance and connection to some of the audiences we’re visiting.  Continue reading

Refugee Week 2013 – What’s the big deal?

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Welcome to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre © Elias Attia, 2013.

Welcome to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre © Elias Attia, 2013.

Refugee Week (Sunday 16 June – Saturday 22nd June, 2013) is “Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society” (Refugee Week official website). In this blog post, we have invited Elias Attia to share with us his personal experiences working with refugee communities, specifically through his involvement with a charity organisation, SalamCare, which is closely affiliated with the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in western Sydney.

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The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 35 years on

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Sydney Gay Mardi Gras 1993, designed by Kendal Baker, Australia, 1993. 95/339/6-2 .Collection>Powerhouse Museum.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 1993 poster, designed by Kendal Baker, Australia, 1993. 95/339/6-2 Collection: Powerhouse Museum.

As Sydney throw itself into another round of Mardi Gras celebrations, it is 35 years since the initial march. Attitudes have shifted since 1978 when the first march, which was more of a political protest, attracted the wrath of the police and condemnation from certain parts of society and the media.
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Happy Lunar New Year, Year of the Snake

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N7958 Charm, China. Longevity (CI) (Ping Sing Collection 32) This Chinese charm shows the twelve zodiac animals and their Chinese characters. Collection: Powerhouse Museum

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The Lunar New Year is the most significant annual celebration for Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures. Today (10th of February 2013) is the Lunar New Year better known as Chinese New Year, and begins ‘The Year of Black Snake’. If you are born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1980 or 2001 then it is your year!

Have you ever wondered how Chinese New Year is worked out?

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Boorowa Museum

Hume Costume Collection – Boorowa Museum. A report from the Powerhouse Museums Movable Heritage Fellow for 2012

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Boorowa Museum

Each year the Powerhouse Museum’s Regional Services Program offers a Movable Heritage Fellowship to students residing in New South Wales enrolled at any University campus. Movable Heritage refers to any natural or manufactured object of heritage significance. The successful applicant undertakes a research project as part of the Fellowship on one or more objects in a community museum, historical society or other collecting institution. They are awarded $5,000 and also spend one week at the Powerhouse Museum receiving expert guidance by a supervising member of staff.

The winner of the 2012 Movable Heritage Fellowship was Rosie Strange. In this post, Rosie shares with us the nature of her costume research project and the experiences she has gained working with Lindie Ward, textile and lace curator at the Museum.

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