Ornamental weather vane

Made by Williams, Leslie in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1959.

This weathervane was made by Leslie Williams in October 1959 and was acquired by the Powerhouse Museum the following year. An alternative name for a weathervane is a weather-cock because of the image of a rooster that was placed on top of the vane’s spoke. An arrow also rotated on the spoke which when blown gave a visual indicator of the direction the wind was blowing from.

This particular object is probably modelled on a portable wind vane but looks to be an ornamental version which was displa...


Weathervane, ornamental, brass / wood, made by Leslie Williams, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1959

An indoor weathervane consisting of a vertical brass spoke with a horizontal brass pointer at the top of the spoke in the shape of an arrow that can spin on its axis. Below the pointer are four directional markers indicating north, south, east and west. The central brass spoke is attached to a brass plate that has been screwed to a rectangular wooden base.


355 mm
145 mm
155 mm


The weathervane was made by Leslie Williams in Adelaide South Australia, the date 1959 is engraved on the base.
Williams, Leslie 1959


The weathervane was used by the Sydney Observatory.
Sydney Observatory


Gift of Mr L J Williams, 1960
29 June, 1960

Cite this Object

Ornamental weather vane 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 November 2017, <https://ma.as/246334>
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This object is currently on display at the Sydney Observatory.
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