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…
Danny De Vito, Richard Dreyfus and Cadillacs in Tin Men, 1987. Copyright Allmovies.com
Re-skinning of buildings takes several forms, not all of them particularly reputable. During the 60s and 70s salesmen prowled the suburbs, seeking out fibro and weatherboard cottages that could be re-clad with aluminium or vinyl. The hard sell would then begin, with promises of capital gains, improved appearance and insulation. I’m not sure that many houses were actually improved, especially as the new cladding was usually screwed on over the existing one.
This business was immortalized in a popular US movie of the 1980s: Tin Men was both satirical and nostalgic about two competing aluminium cladding (‘siding’ in US lingo) salesmen, played by Danny De Vito and Richard Dreyfus.
97/63/1-23 Botanical illustration of ‘Acacia pycnantha (Broad-leaved Wattle)’ by Agard Hagman.
September 1st is Wattle Day, the perfect excuse to feature another of Agard Hagman’s lovely botanical illustrations from 1888.
The Museum’s first Curator, Joseph Maiden (later Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens) was a well known wattle enthusiast. He loved wattles for both their beauty and their usefulness.
National Tree Day is a community tree planting event held at the end July. Schools Tree Day is today, 26th July 2013 and it seemed like a good excuse to feature another of Agard Hagman’s paintings from 1888.
This painting illustrates Eucalyptus incrassata a mallee species. Mallees are generally smaller than the better known Eucalypts or Gum Trees and have multiple stems rather than a single trunk. They tend to grow in low rainfall areas of Australia. This painting is titled ‘Oil’ indicating the Museum’s assessment of the potential use of this species.
85/1218 Armchair, ‘Peninsula Tasmania’, hardwood / King William Pine, designed by Gay Hawkes, Melbourne, Australia, 1985
This armchair titled ‘Peninsula Tasmania’ was made by Gay Hawkes in Melbourne in 1985. It is made from shipwreck hardwood, collected at Forestier Peninsula in Tasmania and King William pine.
Tourists drive across the Forestier Peninsula on the way to Port Arthur but it remains very undeveloped and there appear to be few roads to the wild east coast where the artist was probably camped.
Nelsons Ridge housing estate, photo by Marinco Kojdanovski 2012
Are baby-boomers responsible for Sydney’s unaffordable housing? It’s becoming a common theme of the property media with story headings like ‘Boomers put super squeeze on first home buyers’. And similar arguments are being made in the planning and architecture world.
Former NSW Government Architect Chris Johnson: ‘The big issue right now for Sydney is the pendulum swing from low density detached housing to more urban apartment living.…With a growing army of ageing baby boomers wanting to protect suburbia, Sydney needs a new swat squad of younger urban dwellers to support the new apartmentia’.
This painting is another botanical illustration by Agard Hagman from 1887.
The first curator of the Museum of Applied and Sciences was the botanist Joseph Maiden who later became Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens. In 1887 Australia’s natural resources were little explored. A major focus for the museum during it’s early years was the collection of Australian plants and the investigation of their potential for commercial purposes. During the late 1880s many drawings were commissioned from Agard Hagman.
Photo by Charles Pickett 2013.
The first new building at the Central Park development on Broadway is making progress. Watching it is a bit different from following the progress of most new buildings – it’s literally growing, not just figuratively so. French botanist Patrick Blanc is creating what’s claimed to be the tallest vertical garden in the world.
P1223 Botanical illustration, ‘ Eugenia ventenatii (Large leaved water gum/ Drooping Myrtle)’, painted by Agard Hagman, Sydney, 1887
This lovely botanical illustration was painted by Agard Hagman in 1887. It was one of many illustrations included in an extensive display of Australian timbers in the Timber Courts at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (the former Powerhouse Museum). Indeed, when the museum opened in 1893, the whole first floor was given over to the vegetable kingdom. Subjects included timber, food, drugs, oil and many others.
The Museum did not limit itself to just exhibitions and advice, it actively promoted the commercial potential of Australian plants, particularly Eucalypts and Wattles. The display of Australian timbers included drawings, jars filled with leaves and seeds, sections through tree trunks, examples of raw and polished timbers and furniture and fittings made from different timbers.
This painting shows the species Eugenia ventenatii which is currently named Waterhousea floribunda or the Weeping Lilly Pilly (as many gardeners complain botanists are in the habit of renaming species). The 1887 painting is titled Timber and Food. It’s use today appears to be primarily as an ornamental garden tree.
The image below shows this painting on display in the Timber Court in about 1900.
Timber Courts at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, c 1900
Post by Lynne McNairn, Digital Services
Reference: Yesterday’s tomorrows: the Powerhouse Museum and its precursors 1880-2005 by Graeme Davison and Kimberley Webber (eds)
2007/22/1 Model of a wind turbine, plastic / aluminium / wood, maker unknown, made for Great Southern Energy and Pacific Power, Crookwell, New South Wales, Australia, 1998
Saturday 23rd March, 8:30-9:30 is Earth hour and it gives us a chance to turn off the lights and celebrate the dark. More than 2 million individuals and 2,000 businesses in Sydney took part in the First Earth hour in 2007. It has now grown to millions of people in over 5000 cities across 135 countries.