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.
Regional Services inter n Tom Harwood -Curator at the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach in Queensland, Image: Michael Myers.
Recently, I spent a week as a guest at the Powerhouse Museum as part of a mentorship through Museum and Gallery Services Queensland. I was asked to write about an item I discovered while I was there but it’s been a difficult choice.
Being an older bloke who remembers some of what was said about the Leyland P-76 when it was new, I was stunned to find that anybody (Castle Hill Discovery Centre) actually put one on a pedestal!
2007/77/8 Photograph, Sydney Harbour, paper, photograph by James Hancock, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, owned by Joyce White, Perth, Western Australia, 1939-1945. Collection: Powerhouse Museum
In recent years the sight of Sydney Harbour filled with navy ships is not a very common sight, particularly war ships.
On Friday 4th October, 2013 the harbour will again be filled with war ships, this time from 20 nations to mark the centenary of the arrival of Australia’s first fleet of seven warships in 1913.
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.
- 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?
Leyland P76 Super V-8, 4-door sedan finished in Aspen green, engine No. 076D4SM44/16461, build date 21-5/74. Powerhouse Museum collection, 92/301, purchased 1992.
Forty years ago today, on 26 June 1973 the Leyland P76 was launched to a waiting Australian public. The V-8 version was named ‘Wheels Magazine’s’ 1973 Car of the Year. It said:
The…totally new Leyland sedan emerged as a dynamic and remarkably fine motor car, surely destined to push Leyland up the ladder, both in Australia and in export markets.
but how wrong they were.
Trolley bus No.1. Powerhouse Museum collection, gift of the NSW Department of Tramways, 1956. B1320.
With the immanent closure and removal of Sydney’s controversial Monorail on 30 June 2013, I am reminded of the demise of other types of public transport in Sydney like horse buses; steam, cable and electric trams and trolley buses. “Trolley buses?” I hear you say. Yes, Sydney had a trolley bus service from 1934. Like the Monorail it was heralded as the next big thing in public transport threatening to oust Sydney’s much-loved trams.