The Powerhouse acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral homelands upon which our museums are situated. We respect their Elders, past, present and future and recognise their continuous connection to Country.


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While there were earlier attempts, the first successful typewriters were developed and manufactured in the 1870s. The desire and demand for a typing machine was sufficient to encourage many experimenters and designers to develop their own devices. A myriad of approaches resulted in some unusual mechanisms, many bearing little resemblance to the machines which ended up dominating the next century.

Index machines such as the Victor A or the Mignon, where users direct a stylus toward the …