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.

  Explore the extensive MAAS collection through sets of objects selected by theme.
These collection sets are presented as a starting point to browse the collection and new sets are added regularly.

85/1285-1316 Glass plate negative, full plate, 'Linnean Society Excursion - Nepean River, N.S.W.', Henry King, Sydney, Australia, 29 September 1888
MRS/7-1 Powerhouse Museum Record Series (Item), Letterbook, volume 1, 12 April 1883 - 4 April 1887
1148 Insect model, queen bee, papier mache / metal, made by Dr Auzoux, Paris, France, 1883

Joseph Henry Maiden

P411 Object lesson card, part of collection, 'Birds', framed, down / feather / cardboard / glass / wood / plastic / textile, published by Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1880-1884
P450 Object lesson card, part of collection, 'Sand', framed, glass / cardboard / wood / paper, published by Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1880-1884
P431 Object lesson card, part of collection, 'Cotton', framed, leaf / seeds / cotton / cardboard / glass / wood / textile, published by Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1880-1884

Object Lesson

2013/135/1-21 Catalogue, 'Inside are the best designed books for 1979/80', paper, designed by Arthur Leydin for the Australian Book Publishers Association Book Design Awards, published in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1980
2003/44/1-8/11/6 Photograph, black and white print, National Bank prototype signage, paper, designed by Arthur Leydin, photographed by Mark Strizic, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1968
2003/44/1-5/1/1 Booklet, promotional, 'Trademarks', paper, designed by Arthur Leydin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, c. 1965

Arthur Leydin (Graphic Identities)

2002/88/1-5/10 Textile design, featuring white gum blossoms, gouache on paper, designed by Shirley de Vocht (nee Martin), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1945-1948
2002/88/1-5/11 Textile design, 'Hong Kong Sampans', numbered 85, gouache on paper, designed by Shirley de Vocht and entered in the 1954 Leroy-Alcorso textile design competition, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1953-1954
2002/88/1-5/13 Textile design, 'Bark, birds and landscape', numbered 517, gouache on paper, designed by Shirley de Vocht, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1951-1955

Shirley de Vocht (Graphic Identities)

86/4592-1 Film separation, Tooth and Co logo, polyethylene, designed by Pieter Huveneers for Tooth and Company Limited, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1978
86/4520-10 Photograph, Reschs Draught concept, colour print, paper, designed by Pieter Huveneers for Tooth and Company Limited, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1979
86/4549-2 Film separation, KB Cold Gold slogan, polyethylene, designed by Pieter Huveneers for Tooth and Company Limited, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1977-1979

Pieter Huveneers (Graphic Identities)

89/735-36/11/1 Mock-up, printing hall mural, 1:20 scale, coloured paper on cardboard, designed by Gordon Andrews for the Reserve Bank of Australia's Craigieburn (Melbourne) note printing works, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1981-1982
89/735-36/3/15 Dyeline, 'General External Direction Signs', 1:10 scale, dyeline print on paper, designed by Gordon Andrews for the Reserve Bank of Australia's Craigieburn (Melbourne) note printing works, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1981
89/735-36/4/2 Mock-up, 'Level 1 Accessway 1 Looking South', coloured paper on foamboard, designed by Gordon Andrews for the Reserve Bank of Australia's Craigieburn (Melbourne) note printing works, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1981-1982

Gordon Andrews (Graphic Identities)

90/487-2/1 Magazine cover, 'Currency', vol 4, no 7, paper, designed by Alistair Morrison for Reserve Bank of Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, July 1963
90/503-3 Annual report, 'Pioneer Sugar Mills Limited Annual Report 1966', paper / metal, designed by Alistair Morrison, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1966
90/491-1 Exhibition catalogue, 'Contemporary Art Society 25th Annual Interstate Exhibition', designed by Alistair Morrison, printed by Edwards & Shaw, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1963

Alistair Morrison (Graphic Identities)

92/191-16/5 Textile design, gouache on paper, designed by Dahl Collings, New York, United States of America / Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1950-1953
2007/30/4 Painting, synthetic polymer/gouache on masonite board / wood, designed and painted by Dahl Collings, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1955
92/191-16/3 Textile design, gouache on paper, designed by Dahl Collings, New York, New York, United States of America / Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1950-1953

Dahl Collings (Graphic Identities)

85/2250 Textile length, 'Craze' (small), screen-printed cotton, designed by Frances Burke, manufactured by Frances Burke Fabrics Pty Ltd, Richmond, Victoria, Australia, 1950
85/2243-1 Textile length, 'Black Opal', screen-printed cotton, designed by Frances Burke, manufactured by Frances Burke Fabrics Pty Ltd, Richmond, Victoria, Australia, design used for the Canberra Theatre stage curtain, 1964-1965
85/2254 Textile length, 'Pacifica', screen-printed cotton, designed by Frances Burke, manufactured by Frances Burke Fabrics Pty Ltd, Richmond, Victoria, Australia, 1954

Frances Burke (Graphic Identities)

90/58-1/7/74/12 Painting, test for S.S. Orcades mural, oil paint on board, designed by Douglas Annand for Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1948
90/58-1/7/7/1 Booklet, 'Orient Line Pacific Service Information for Passengers', paper, designed by Douglas Annand for Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, November 1956
90/58-1/17/1/10 Food packaging, tea, paper, designed by Douglas Annand for David Jones, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1936

Douglas Annand (Graphic Identities)

2010/1/272 Punch cards with sample of ribbon, Jacquard weaving loom, paper / jute / textile, maker unknown, place of production unknown, c. 1875-1900
2019/84/3 Decorative weaving, depicting Joseph Marie Jacquard, silk, designed by Michel-Marie Carquillat, France, 1839, made by Maschinenfabrik Ruti, Switzerland, c. 1845
96/203/1 Calculating engine, specimen piece, with instructions and engraving, 'Difference Engine No1', bronze / steel / wood / paper, designed by Charles Babbage, parts made by Joseph Clements, assembled by Henry Provost Babbage, England, 1822-1879

Gadgets, Dreams and Dilemmas (Sydney Science Festival 2021)

99/126/1 Typewriter, 'Olivetti Underwood Praxis 48', with attachments and manual, plastic / metal / electrical components / paper, designed by Ettore Sottsass, made by Olivetti, Canada, c.1965
97/253/1 Typewriter, Victor 'A', metal / rubber / plastic, Tilton Manufacturing Company, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, 1889-1894
2003/76/3 Typewriter, Selectric 715, metal / rubber / electronic components, designed by Eliot Noyes, made by International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), United States of America, 1961

Typewriters

85/198 White-ground tent band or ak yap, knotted pile, animal hair / cotton, woven by a Yomut Turkmen woman, Turkmenistan (then part of western or Russian Turkestan), Central Asia, late 1800s
99/94/1 Wall hanging for tent or yurt, embroidered felt, wool / silk, made by a Lakai Uzbek woman, Uzbekistan / northern Afghanistan, c. 1920
2015/26/15 Storage bag (juval) face, symmetrically knotted, wool, made by Yomut Turkmen woman, Turkmenistan, mid 1800s

Trappings of a tribal nomadic lifestyle

85/2551 Aircraft, full size, Beechcraft Queenair B-80, VH-AMB, and log books (5), converted for use as an air ambulance, metal / glass / rubber, made by Beech Aircraft Corporation, United States of America, 1966
B1495 Aircraft, flying boat, Catalina, PB2B-2, 'Frigate Bird II', VH-ASA, metal / fabric / glass / bakelite, made by Boeing Aircraft of Canada Limited, Vancouver, Canada, 1944, flown on pioneering flight Australia-Chile, by P G Taylor, 1951
85/1586 Aircraft, full size, Skycraft Scout Mark I Microlight, ultralight, various materials, designed and made by Ron G. Wheeler, Ron Wheeler Aircraft (Sales) Pty Ltd, 152 Bellevue Parade, Carlton, New South Wales, Australia, 1976-1978

Australian Flight

A2005 Figures (pair), Staffordshire dogs, earthenware, unknown pottery, Staffordshire, England, c. 1840
D6147 Model apple, ' Dumelow's Seedling', [wax], modelled at Sydney Technical College, painted by Charles Toms, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1899
85/1115 Toy cars (3) and toy trucks (4), Matchbox, England, 1956-1974

The Wiggles Exhibition

B2236 Aircraft model, Qantas Boeing 707 turbo-fan V-jet, 'City of Sydney' VH-EBB, sectioned, metal / plastic, maker unknown, United States of America, 1959
2010/37/3 Cabin crew uniform, including dress, scarf and jacket, womens, polyester / wool / metal, designed by Emilio Pucci, Florence, Italy, for Qantas, various makers, Australia, 1974-1987
90/684 Poster, colour lithograph, 'In Australian Skies .. a New Constellation', paper, commissioned by Qantas Empire Airways, Australia, printed by Posters Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1947

100 Years of Qantas

A4482 Tile, fritware, under glazed, probably Isfahan / Shiraz, Persia (Iran), late Qajar era, 1900s
A5827-1 Praying bundle (<i>Ja namaz</i>), embroidered, silk / cotton / silver thread, Persia (Iran), Qajar era, 1800s
H4988 Sufi comb, monochrome pearwood, from Isfahan, Shiraz or Rasht, Persia (Iran), Qajar era, 1800s

Highlights from the Iranzamin exhibition

2020/124/3 Painted sign, 'Pika nyanga kura wiyaring kunyyjaku (Follow these rules to help keep you safe from that virus)', from the Pika nyanga kura wiyaring kunyyjaku (Follow these rules to help keep you safe from that virus) COVID-19 series, repurposed car bonnet, hand painted in acrylic paint by
2020/124/7 Painted sign, 'Pika Kulira mapalku andma clinic-kutu palya!...Waltja wiru tjutja (If you are feeling sick go straight to the clinic)', from the Pika nyanga kura wiyaring kunyyjaku (Follow these rules to help keep you safe from that virus) COVID-19 series, repurposed car bonnet, hand paint
2021/13/1 Learning from Home Pack, issued to Year 2 students of Auburn North Public School during COVID-19, paper /cotton / plastic / wood / metal / synthetic, compiled by teachers of Auburn North Public School, Auburn, New South Wales, Australia, March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection

86/1275 Male Figure, 'Larry Luna', Leigh Hobbs, Australia, 1975 (ex Luna Park, Sydney)
86/1276 Female Figure, 'Lizzy Luna', Leigh Hobbs, Australia, 1975 (ex Luna Park, Sydney)
96/44/1-5/4/123/1 Negative, black and white, Luna Park entrance, for the book 'Sydney, A Book of Photographs', 35mm acetate film, David Mist, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1969

Luna Park 85th Anniversary

P3549-14 Lithograph, framed, 'Sydney Astrographic Zone', paper/glass/metal, Department of Lands, Sydney, New South Wales, 1895
2008/19/1 Astrographic telescope, lens and accessories, metal / glass / wood / leather, made by Howard Grubb, 1888-1890, used by Melbourne and Sydney observatories, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia / Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1890-1987

The Astrographic Catalogue

A5012 Apothecary jar with lid, for holding medicinal leeches, slip-cast, earthenware, S. Maw and Son, London, England, 1860-1870
2001/3/7 Collection of monaural stethoscopes (15), wood / metal / plastic, maker unknown, place of production unknown, 1850-1960
2001/3/8 Binaural stethoscope, metal / rubber / plastic, Eschmann, England, 1945-1960

A selection of objects on display in Design for Life

2001/84/10 Bicycle, 'Prawn', Sydney Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, designed by John King, made by Anthony Neeson / Will Northam / Tamara Ealey, Ceremonies Prop Workshop, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000
2001/84/146 Performance costume, 'Harvest Goddess', fabric / foam rubber, designed by Jenny Kee, made by Paula Martin and Greg Somerville, used in Opening Ceremony of Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Australia, 1999-2000
2001/84/11 Prop, 'Licorice Allsorts', high heel shoe on tricycle, metal / cloth / foam, designed by Ross Wallace, made by Dean Manderson / Freda Meckelberg / Sally Wilson / Brian Woltjen / Linda Crawford / Andrew Mcdonnell / Asher Reed, Ceremonies Workshop, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000,

Sydney 2000 Olympic Games 20 Year Anniversary

H9886 Telescope with accessories, 11.4 inch equatorial refracting telescope, brass / glass / metal / rubber / textile, by Hugo Schroeder, Hamburg, Germany, 1874, used at Sydney Observatory, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1874-present
H9899 Telescope, 6 inch refracting transit telescope, brass / glass / wood, made by Troughton and Simms, London, 1875-1877, used at Sydney Observatory, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
H10211 Telescope, photoheliograph, metal / glass, designed by Janssen and De La Rue, made by J H Dallmeyer, London, England, 1873-1874, used at Sydney Observatory, New South Wales, Australia

Sydney Observatory Family Adventure

B1871 Fire engine, full size, Dennis-Tamini, 250-gpm, motor pump, New South Wales Fire Brigade Appliance No. 221, chassis No. 7587, engine No. 41005024, chassis made by Dennis Bros Ltd, Guildford, Surrey, England, 1932, body by New South Wales Fire Brigade, 1933 used at Lakemba, Moree, Cooma, and Ba
B2509 Automobile, full size, trailer and certificates, 'EAW Special' racing car, made by E.A. 'Wilbur' Watson, Waverley & Bondi, New South Wales, Australia, 1949-1957, used by E.A. 'Wilbur' Watson, New South Wales, Australia, 1957-1962
2003/83/1 Chair, 'Wiggle', cardboard, designed by Frank Gehry, United States, 1972, made by Vitra, Germany, 2002

Museums Discovery Centre Family Adventure

7949 Locomotive, steam, No. 1, full size, 0-4-2, hauled the first passenger train in New South Wales in 1855, designed by James McConnell, made by Robert Stephenson and Company, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, 1854, used by New South Wales Government Railways 1855-1877
90/128 Reproduction box kite, Type A, wood / canvas, designed by Lawrence Hargrave 1894, made by Lionel Pitt, New South Wales, Australia, 1987
L2045-3 [WEB APPROVED] F-1 rocket engine (NASM 5311 Cat:1976-0769)

Powerhouse Museum Family Adventure

85/841 Computer video game, 'Space Invaders', various materials, Midway Manufacturing Company, United States of America, c. 1980
97/260/2 Cassette tapes, floppy disks, manuals and journals, for TRS-80 Micro Computer System, metal/plastic/paper, various designers and makers, 1977-1988
2003/160/1 Electronic toy, Nintendo 'Game & Watch' Octopus, plastic /metal /electronics components, designed by Gunpei Yokoi, manufactured by Nintendo, Japan, 1981

Game Development

2018/79/1-10 Photograph, Dauar and Murray Islands May 1989, part of photographic and video footage of the Mabo v Queensland High Court hearing and subsequent events starting 1988
2018/79/1-57 Photograph, Turtle & Dugong Hunting Great Barrier Reef September 1989, part of photographic and video footage of the Mabo v Queensland High Court hearing and subsequent events starting 1988
2018/79/1-30 Photograph, Koiki Mabo, Greg McIntyre & Eddie Mabo Jnr, Interviewed Murray Island May 1989, part of photographic and video footage of the Mabo v Queensland High Court hearing and subsequent events starting 1988

Mabo - Life of an Island Man

2019/67/1 Furniture collection, consisting stools (6), table and floor covering, Nyinajimanha (Sitting Together), part of 'Marlu' range, Tasmanian Blackwood timber / gold plated steel / kangaroo pelt, designed and made by Nicole Monks, Australia, 2016
86/648 Wedding dress, silk taffeta / beads / braid, worn by Janet McDonald, Australia, c. 1887
2010/21/1 Platform shoes (pair), and invitation, womens, shells / textile / leather / metal / paper / plastic, maker unknown, China, decorated by Esme Timbery for Romance Was Born, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2009-2010

Nyinajimanha (sitting together) and other works by Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

2013/23/12-98 Photographic positive, Sydney Observatory, silver gelatin / paper, photographer unknown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1893-1920
H10401 Time ball, with cylinder, piston, rack and pinion lifting mechanism, safety lock, electric motor and ball, cast iron, some modifications to the original, installed at Sydney Observatory, made by Maudslay, Sons & Field, England, c 1857
H9898 Atomic clock time signal system, metal / plastic / glass, used at Sydney Observatory, made by Hewlett Packard / Yaesu / B.W.D / Laboratory Electronics, made in USA / Japan / Australia, 1970-83

The Solar System

2018/2/1 Cuberider payload, metal / silicon / plastic, made by Cuberider, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2015-2017
2014/13/6 Turnstile controller board and manual, from a Monorail station, made by CGEA Transport Sydney Pty Ltd, used on the Sydney Monorail, Darling Harbour and Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1988-2013
2012/101/3 LED lights (7) and extra fittings, rubber / plastic / metal / oil, designed, sourced and assembled by Ron Allum for Acheron Project Pty Ltd, Leichardt, New South Wales, Australia, 2012

Physical Computing

2011/109/5 Quilt, Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt, remembering Uncle Ferree, Andrew Carter, Douglas Marshall, Lionel Muller, Kevin Ash, Wil Adler, Ron Andrews, Peter Baines, Michael Bergamaschino, Sam Bonafacio, Norman Boyle, Andrew Carter, David Chesney, Daniel Church, Jean Claverie, Peter Cornwall,
A8513 Shia banner, for mourning Imam Hussain, block printed cotton, Persia (Iran), Qajar era, 1800s
H1700-2 Orrery (1 of 2), planetary, wood / brass / ivory, W.Harris & Co, England, 1789- c.1805

Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian: I Prefer Talking to Doctors About Something Else

2018/41/1 Evening dress, from 'Angels and Demons' collection, Autumn / Winter 2010, silk / metallic bullion work / acetate / diamantes, designed by Alexander McQueen, Great Britain, made in Italy, 2010
2019/10/1 Loveseat, 'The Seat of Love and Hate', embroidered silk/ gilded wood, designed by eX de Medici, 2017-2018; photography and digitization by Robert Little, Canberra; fabric digitally printed by Think + Positive, Sydney; embroidered by Sharon Peoples, Canberra; restoration and upholstery by A
A8705 Waistcoat, mens, silk / cotton / metal / gold , maker unknown, possibly England / France, possibly c. 1770

Textiles and Design

2013/74/1 Chair, Re-Loved Chair, acrylic, made by LAVA Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, Australia, 2010
2013/41/1 Claymation human puppet armature, aluminium, made by Stop Motion Pro, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2012
2019/67/1 Furniture collection, consisting stools (6), table and floor covering, Nyinajimanha (Sitting Together), part of 'Marlu' range, Tasmanian Blackwood timber / gold plated steel / kangaroo pelt, designed and made by Nicole Monks, Australia, 2016

Industrial Technology

87/1040D Sports safety helmet, 'Stackhat', with packaging, plastic / metal / cardboard, designed by PA Technology, made by Rosebank Products Pty Ltd, Victoria, Australia, 1987
87/234 Traffic light pedestrian crossing buttons (2), ATPD, 'Audio -Tactile Pedestrian Detector', metal / plastic, made by K J Aldridge Automatic Systems Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1976-1987
2003/165/1 Audio cassette player, with cover, Sony Walkman model TPS-L2, metal / plastic / fabric / electronic components / vinyl, designed by the Sony Design Centre, created by Akio Morita, Masaru Ibuka and Kozo Ohsone, made by Sony Corporation, Japan, 1979

Design and Technology

2019/43/1 Electric guitar with case and strap, Stratocaster, serial number 69250, wood / plastic / metal / electronic components, made by Fender, Fullerton, California, United States of America, 1961, used by Jim Skiathitis to write, record and perform the instrumental song 'Bombora' by The Atlantic
90/335 Flying helmet, leather, probably made in England, used by Nancy Bird Walton, Australia, after 1945
2011/59/1-1 Camera, 'Linhof Technika', metal / plastic / glass, made by Linhof, Germany, c. 1959, used by Max Dupain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1959-1980s

Powerhouse Program Collection Digitisation

2003/77/2 Poster, anti cigarette advertising, 'Winfailed Cup', paper, designed by Brian Robson and Rick Bolzan, produced by BUGA UP (Billboard Utilising Graffitists Against Unhealthy Promotions), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1984 - 1989
2007/56/53 Poster, 'Land Rights Dance', colour screenprint, paper / ink, designed by Chips Mackinolty, printed at Earthworks Poster Collective, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1977
2003/77/1 Poster, anti cigarette and alcohol advertising, 'Write of reply', produced by BUGA UP (Billboard Utilising Graffitists Against Unhealthy Promotions), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1983 - 1984

Protest posters

2010/75/1-71 Lantern slide (1 of 89), a woman wearing a headdress, glass / metal, Serge Vargassoff, Peking, China, 1920-1949
2012/43/2 Swimsuit, 'modest-fit' burqini(R), womens, polyester, designed and made by Aheda Zanetti / Ahiida(TM), Villawood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2011

Harmony Day 2019

96/44/1-5/4/13/2 Negative, black and white, view of Sydney Harbour Bridge, for the book 'Sydney, A Book of Photographs', 35mm acetate film, David Mist, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1969
96/44/1-5/4/32/3 Negative, black and white, aerial view of Sydney Harbour Bridge, for the book 'Sydney, A Book of Photographs', 35mm acetate film, David Mist, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1969
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Sydney Harbour Bridge Photographs

99/34/1 Architectural model, Daphne Murcutt House, cork / plastic / metal, designed by Glenn Murcutt, Sydney, Australia, 1969-1972
A2991 Model and components, Yomeimon Gate at Toshougu Shrine, Nikko, Japan, wood, maker unknown, Japan, date unknown
2014/3/1 Architectural model, Blues Point Tower, 1:200 scale, Blues Point Tower was designed by Harry Seidler and completed in 1962, model made by Angela Rowson / Kegan Tom, Australia, 2006

Architectural Models

B644 Automobile, full size, Cadillac Model F car, engine No. 8303, made by Cadillac Automobile Co, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America, 1905, used by Sir Robert Lucas Lucas-Tooth, Sydney and Kameruka Estate, Candelo, New South Wales, Australia, 1905-1915
B625 Automobile, full size, Reo, model A, 16 hp, twin cylinder, side-entrance tonneau body, serial No. 1279, engine No. 3263, metal / leather / rubber, made by the Reo Motor Car Co, Lansing, Michigan, United States of America, 1905
B727 Automobile, full size, Ford Model T car, 5-passenger, 4-door tourer, No. C55005, metal / rubber / glass, designed by Henry Ford with Joseph Galamb and C.H. Wills, 1906-1908, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America, made by Ford Motor Co, Walkerville, Ontario, Canada, 1916

Cars in the Collection

H10273-8 Lantern slide (1 of 8), astronomical model, phases of moon and tides, wood / glass / metal, made by Dollond, London, England, 1750-1850, used at Sydney Observatory, New South Wales, Australia, 1858-1900
H10273-2 Lantern slide (1 of 8), astronomical model, phases of moon and tides, wood / glass / metal, made by Dollond, London, England, 1750-1850, used at Sydney Observatory, New South Wales, Australia, 1858-1900
85/59-41/20 Glass plate slide, ideal lunar landscape

MAAS and the Moon

92/191-16/1 Sketchbook, comprising textile designs (3), gouache on paper / cardboard / metal, designed by Dahl Collings, New York, New York, United States of America / Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1950-1953
2007/30/1-69/5/17 Photographic negative, black and white, square format 6 x 6cm (2.25 x 2.25 inch), in glassine sleeve no. 17, photograph by Geoffrey Collings, England, 1935-1938

Dahl Collings: artist, designer, photographer

2000/14/1 Dance mask, 'Beizam Shark Headdress with Bait Fish', plywood / wire / metal / shark's teeth / feathers / synthetic polymer paint, made by Ken Thaiday, Cairns, Australia, 1995
95/48/1 Space meal package, for Gemini mission, food / plastic, US Army Natick Laboratories, Natick, Massachusetts and Houston, Texas, United States of America, 1965-1966
85/1053-3 Meal package, 'Fruit Dessert', Soviet space missions, fruit puree /plastic, maker unknown, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, c. 1984

Human non Human Exhibition

90/814 Ensemble, mens, 'New Age Business Suit', designed and made by Peter Tully, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1988-1989
2005/198/1 Outfit (10 pieces), mens, punk, cotton / denim / leather / metal, various makers and places, re-made by Lewis Nicolson, Melbourne, Victoria, worn by Lewis Nicolson, New South Wales, Australia, 2004
2014/135/1-1 Sneakers (pair), 'JS Wings Iridescent Foils', unisex, rubber / foil / leather / gum, designed by Jeremy Scott, United States of America, made by Adidas, Indonesia, 2014

School Set: Men's Fashion

2017/58/1 Stool, 'New Armor, Bronze stool / blue', bronze / lacquer (ott-chil), designed and made by Kwangho Lee, Seoul, South Korea, 2014
2018/4/1 Bowl, 'Echo', eggshell porcelain / cardboard / paper / elastic / wax, by Master Lu Jiande for Shang Xia, Jingdezhen, China, 2017
2018/3/1 Tray, Cloisonné, round, copper / enamel / chrome, designed by Danful Yang, made by 'Beijing Xing Cai Li Hua' workshop, Beijing, China, 2011

Return to Craft (Common Good exhibition)

2008/153/1 Fragment, medallion carpet, knotted wool pile / felt, woven in Ushak, western Turkey, c.1600
85/1901 Manastir prayer rug, knotted wool pile, Western Anatolia, late 1800s
2004/136/5 Sarkoy kilim, wool, tapestry weave, Thrace, Western Turkey, 1880-1910

Rugs from Turkey (Anatolia)

2004/136/3 Senneh kilim (flatweave rug), wool, tapestry weave, Kurdish village weaver, northwest Iran, 1850-1900
85/1821 Carpet, knotted pile, cotton / wool/ made in Mashad, Khorasan province, north-eastern Iran, c.1930
2002/65/1 Carpet, handknotted, silk, woven by Haj Reza at the Zomorod Carpet workshop, Nain, Iran, 1990 - 1995

Rugs from Iran (Persia)

85/1900 Main carpet, flatweave, wool/cotton, Tekke Turkmen women, Turkmenistan (formerly West Turkestan), 1850-1900
2015/26/1 Main carpet (khali), symmetrically knotted pile, wool, made by Yomut Turkmen woman, Turkmenistan, late 1700s
2015/26/7 Tent door cover (engsi), symmetrically knotted wool, made by Yomut Turkmen woman, Turkmenistan or north eastern Iran, early 1800s

Rugs and trappings from Central Asia, Afghanistan and China

2004/136/1 Rug, Afshan runner, wool / cotton, symmetrical knots, Shirvan district, Kuba region, north Caucasus, c 1800
2010/33/3 Knotted pile rug, with Caucasian design motifs, wool, made in the Shirvan or Kuba district, Azerbaijan (eastern Caucasus), 1875-1900
2004/136/2 Rug or runner, wool / cotton, Kuba region, northern Caucasus, 1850 - 1860

Rugs and trappings from the Caucasus

86/1112 Telephone and accessories, 'Gold Phone', plastic / metal, designed by Paul Schremmer and Associates with Telecom Australia, Standard Telephones and Cables (STC) and Anritsu Electric Company (Japan), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1981-1985, made by Standard Telephones and Cables (STC),
87/117 Wine cask cooler and bar stand, with packaging, plastic / card, designed by Richard Carlson, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1984-1986, made by Decor Corporation, Scoresby, Victoria, Australia, 1986
2017/57/1 Lamp and electric light globe, planet lamp, Series K, blue, metal / plastic / electronic components / glass, designed by Bill Iggulden, manufactured by Planet Lighting, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, c. 1970

Design Nation

A7371 Textile lengths (2), 'Rocks', screen-printed cotton, designed by Carl Plate, Modernage Fabrics printed by Silk and Textile Printers, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1946-1947
85/2453 Textile length, 'Tiger stripe', screen-printed cotton, designed by Frances Burke, manufactured by Burway Prints, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1939-1942
86/1863 Textile, 'Geometric', cotton, screenprint, Annan Fabrics, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1950

The Ideal Home: Art and Design display

A7881 Wedding dress, silk, maker unknown, place of production unknown, 1822, worn by Ann Marsden on her marriage to Thomas Hassall, St John's Church Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 12 August 1822
2003/40/1 Convict love token, on cartwheel penny, George III (1760-1801), 1797, copper, possibly engraved by H. Heald, Probably Britain, 1825 - 1835
2005/210/1 Wedding dress, womens, silk / cotton / metal, maker unknown, possibly made Australia / Engalnd, worn by Agnes Thompson at her wedding to Dr George Bushby, Saltram, New South Wales, Australia, 11th of January 1833

200 Years of Wedding Fashion

K798 Victa 'Rotomo' rotary motor mower, Victa's first production model lawn mower, metal, designed and made by Mervyn Victor Richardson, Concord (Sydney), New South Wales, Australia, 1953
90/1050 Beverage dispensing machine, 'Cafe Bar Mini 3', metal / plastic / glass, made by Cafe Bar International, Australia, 1965-1970
92/282 Toilet cistern, dual flush, DuoSet, plastic, by Caroma Industries Limited, Adelaide, South Australia, 1990

Australian inventions and innovations

90/322 Machine Gun, Owen Mark 2/3, Lysaghts, Port Kembla, New South Wales, Australia, 1948
H9608 Musket, 'Brown Bess', m,etal / wood, Great Britain, 1810-1820
2002/41/1 Machine gun, light automatic Mk1, wood and metal, designed by John Charles Reginald McCrudden of the AIF 3rd/ 53rd Infantry, made by Kingsway Manufacturing Company Ltd, Newton Works, London, England, 1921-1927

Firearms collection highlights

P2903 Archive, re Lawrence Hargrave, accumulated by William Hudson Shaw, Australia, 1856-c1977
P2903-1/1 Photographic print, black and white, portrait of Lawrence Hargrave, 1866, copy print made c1977
P2903-1/2 Photographic print, black and white, portrait of Lawrence Hargrave, 1866, copy print made c1977

Lawrence Hargrave and the UNESCO Memory of the World Register

2017/2/39 Poster, 'joyful celebration for the abundant harvest (Xiqingfengshou)', ink on paper, published and printed in Hong Kong, 1960s- 1990s
2017/2/36 Poster, 'Health and longevity (Jiankangchangshou)', ink on paper, Hong Kong, China, 1960s-1990s
2017/2/35 Poster, ink on paper, Hong Kong, China, 1970s-1990s

Chinese New Year pictures and propaganda posters

B1559 Box kite model, reproduction, based on 1893 design by Lawrence Hargrave, aluminium / silk / wire, commissioned by QANTAS Airways, Australia, pre 1964
B109 Model flying machine, flapping wing 'Experiment A', paper / wood / leather / plastic / metal / string, made by Lawrence Hargrave, Rushcutters Bay, New South Wales, Australia, 1885
B2245 Model aero engine, three cylinder rotary replica, metal / wood / paper, designed by Lawrence Hargrave 1889, made by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1976

Australian Inventor Lawrence Hargrave

85/2256 Textile length and silk screen, 'Seapiece', screen-printed cotton / wood, designed by Frances Burke for Ansett's Hayman Island Resort, Richmond, Victoria, Australia, 1948
85/2261 Textile sample, 'Lunar', screen-printed cotton, designed by Frances Burke, manufactured by Frances Burke Fabrics Pty Ltd, Richmond, Victoria, Australia, 1948
85/2253 Textile length, 'Staccato', screen-printed cotton, designed by Frances Burke, manufactured by Frances Burke Fabrics Pty Ltd, Richmond, Victoria, Australia, 1949

Frances Burke

2015/26/2 Main carpet (khali), symmetrically knotted wool pile, made by Yomut Turkmen woman, Turkmenistan, late 1700s to early 1800s
2015/26/3 Main carpet (khali), symmetrically knotted wool pile, made by Yomut Turkmen woman, Turkmenistan or eastern Iran, mid 1800s
2015/26/4 Main carpet (khali), symmetrically knotted wool pile, made by Yomut Turkmen woman, Turkmenistan or eastern Iran, 1800-1810

Rugs of the Yomut Turkmen

11105 Worker ushabtis (2) and overseer ushabtis (1), Egyptian faience, maker unknown, Thebes, Egypt, Third Intermediate Period
11105-1 Worker ushabtis figure, Egyptian faience, maker unknown, Thebes, Egypt, Dynasty 22, Third Intermediate Period (945-715BC)
11105-2 Worker ushabtis figure, Egyptian faience, maker unknown, Thebes, Egypt, Dynasty 21, Third Intermediate Period (1070 - 945 BC)

Antiquities collection

2009/43/1-1 Photographic prints (47), 'Bruno Benini: fashion images 1956-1976' exhibition at RMIT, black and white (44) and colour (3), photographs by Bruno Benini, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1956-1976
2009/43/1-2/72 Photographic print, portrait of artist Greg Irvine, black and white silver gelatin print, mounted on card, photograph by Bruno Benini, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1971
2009/43/1-1/45 Photographic print, colour, model Lori Craig wears embroidered Fiorucci maxi dress, studio photograph by Bruno Benini, styling by Hazel Benini, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1975

Bruno Benini photographer

P3645 Archive, underwear manufacture, Berlei Limited, Australia / England / New Zealand, 1912-1970
P3645-28/3 Chart, The Newman - Berlei Type Indicator, cardboard / plastic / metal, Berlei Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia / I Newman & Sons, Inc, New York, New York, United States of America, c. 1930
P3645-28/4 Chart, The Berlei Type Indicator, cardboard / plastic / metal, Berlei (UK) Ltd, London, England, c. 1930

Berlei Underwear Collection and Archive

92/1605 Swimsuit and tag, womens, wattle, Mexico City Olympics, nylon / paper, Speedo Australia Pty Ltd, Australia, 1968
95/232/1 Photograph, black and white, 'Arne Borg', photographed by Sidney Riley, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1927
89/322 Advertisement, 'Speedo', cardboard, Australia, 1971

Speedo Swimwear Collection

H4448 Collection of shoes, boots, and buckles, part of a larger group of objects related to the art of shoemaking collected by Robert Dixon Box, Joseph Box and the Box Kingham family, various materials, various makers, England, 1500-1920
H4448-1 Tie shoe, part of the Joseph Box collection, girls, single, leather / timber, maker unknown, England, 1700-1710
H4448-2 Buckle shoes (pair), with buckles (pair), part of the Joseph Box collection, womens, silk / leather / linen / metal, maker unknown, England, 1740-c. 1777

Joseph Box Shoe Collection

189A Candlestick, stoneware, designed by George Tinworth, decorated by Mary Ann Thompson, made by Doulton & Co, Lambeth, London, England, 1880-1882
2000/138/1 Vase, images of Farm Cove and the Garden Palace, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, earthenware, hand painted by Leonard Bentley for Doulton and Co, Burslem, Staffordshire, England, 1882-1886
2001/2/21 Sauceboat, 'Manly Beach' pattern, Australian flora, transfer printed, earthenware, / glaze, Doulton and Co, Burslem, Staffordshire, England, distributed by Holdsworth, Macpherson & Co, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1895

Doulton ceramics

H8859 Gold washing cradle, wood / iron, designed by William Tom Jr and Edward Hargraves, made by William Tom, Ophir alluvial goldfields, New South Wales, Australia, 1851
H4264 Gold scales in case, brass / steel / ivory / wood, maker unknown, China, 1850-1900
10097 Gold nugget model, of 'Welcome Nugget' nugget found at Bakery Hill, Victoria, in 1858, plaster, maker unknown, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1858-1885

Digging up gold - mining equipment from the Australian goldrush

A67 Box, carved with scrolls, European beechwood / metal, based on a design by Lucien Henry, maker unknown, Australia, c 1885
A2431 Plaster decoration, ceiling plaster, waratah, Australian flora, used by Lucien Henry to teach apprentices in building trades and art students at Sydney Technical College, Ultimo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1882-1891, maker unknown
A2446 Plaster decoration, Flannel Flowers, plaster, used by Lucien Henry to teach apprentices in building trades and art students at Sydney Technical College, Ultimo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1882-1891, maker unknown

Lucien Henry collection

2000/66/1 Wig, human hair / net, made by George Anton, Berlin, Germany, used by Annette Kellerman, United States of America, 1910-1914
2000/66/77 Fishnet stockings (pair), part of collection, womens, textile / elastic, maker unknown, place of production unknown, used by Annette Kellerman, United States of America, 1920-1940
2000/66/13 Tablecloth, linen, with autographs embroidered by Annette Kellerman, United States of America / Australia, 1935-1975

Annette Kellerman costume collection

H5249-16 Photograph, ambrotype, mounted in brooch, handcoloured, unidentified woman in studio setting, glass / metal / velvet / paper, photographer unknown, place of production unknown, 1855-1865, owned by Albert James Perier, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, late 19th to early 20th century
H5249-19 Photograph and enclosure, daguerreotype, cased, unidentified man in three piece suit, glass / brass / velvet / collodion / wood, photographer unknown, place of production unknown, 1855-1865, owned by Albert James Perier, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, late 19th to early 20th century
H5572-1 Ambrotype (1 of 4), tinted and mounted in embossed case, studio portrait of George Walker, collodion / paint / glass / wood / paper / brass / velvet / leather, maker unknown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1855-1865

A selection of early Australian ambrotypes

96/44/1-1/5 Photographic print, black and white, David Mist and Len Evans, paper, photographer unknown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia,1969
96/44/1-2/100 Photographic print, black and white, for Pierre Cardin advertisement, paper, David Mist, Sydney, 1984
96/44/1-2/133 Photographic print, black and white, original print, commercial photograph for Pacesetters campaign for Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, paper, David Mist, Sydney, 1967-1968

David Mist photographer

2006/135/1 Archive, Industrial Design Council of Australia / Australian Design Council / Australian Design Awards, Australia, 1956-1996
2015/61/1 Freestanding bath, Caroma Marc Newson Bathroom Collection, mixed materials, designed by Marc Newson and Caroma, Australia/United Kingdom, made in Italy, 2012-2014
2014/121/1 Cochlear Nucleus CR120 Intraoperative Remote Assistant kit, plastic / metal / electronic components, Cochlear Limited, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2013

Australian Good Design Awards Collection

96/305/1 Costume, Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, 'Arabesque', mixed media, designed and made by Ron Muncaster, used by Jacques Straetnans, Sydney, 1992
96/305/2 Costume, 'Cotton Blossom', Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, mixed media, designed, made and worn by Ron Muncaster, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1994
96/298/1 Performance costume (16), 'Cowdyke', Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, textile/plastic/metal, designed, made and worn by Philippa Playford, made in Stanwell Tops, Sydney, Australia, 1995

Absolutely Mardi Gras

90/660 Ensemble, 'Waratah', womens, consisting of skirt, top and overskirt, silk taffeta, Linda Jackson, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1984
86/1789 Outfit, comprising dress, coat and turban, 'Purple Bush', womens, screen printed silk taffeta, designed and made by Linda Jackson, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1986
93/396/1 Rug, part of collection, 'Hibiscus and heleconia', wool / polyester backing, Linda Jackson / Designer Rugs, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1993

Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson

10025-1 Botanical model and removable part, Leguminosae (pea pod), mixed media, purchased from Chrétian Vetter, Hamburg, Germany, 1884
10079 Botanical model, Cheiranthus cheiri (Wallflower), papier mache/mixed media, Dr Auzoux, Paris, France, 1885
10080 Botanical model, Dianthus caryophyllys, Caryophyllaceae (Pink), mixed media, Dr Auzoux, Paris, France, c. 1880

Anatomical and botanical models

H9970 Barograph, aneroid barometer, wood / glass / metal / paper, made by Short and Mason Ltd, London, England, 1875-1900, used at Sydney Observatory, New South Wales, Australia, 1875-1948
H10038 Anemometer, Robinson's anemometer, metal / wood / paper, made by J Hicks, London, England, 1875-1885 used by Sydney Observatory, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2010/1/53 Tide indicator, Lenthall Baugh, glass / metal, made by Heath & Co Ltd, Crayford, Kent, England, 1910-1920

Early Meteorology in Australia

85/112-1 Philatelic cover, Southern Cross flight Australia to New Zealand, paper, painted by E A Crome, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1934
85/112-30 Photograph, black and white, 'The Lady Southern Cross before trans-Pacific flight', paper, photographer unknown, Archerfield, Queensland, Australia, 1934
85/112-31 Photograph, black and white, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain P G Taylor, paper, photographer unknown, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America, 1934

Kingsford-Smith and Ulm

2001/9/1 Vase, 'Jack in the pulpit', favrile glass, designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, c. 1900, made by Tiffany Furnaces, Corona, Long Island, New York, United States of America, 1908
A10961 Vase, glass, Emile Galle, Nancy, France, 1895 - 1905
A10648 Vase, blown glass with aventurine (golden) patches, designed by Corrado 'Dino' Martens for Vetreria Artistica Aureliano Toso, 'Oriente' series, Murano, Italy, about 1952.

Selected glass objects

85/1023 Chair,'Chair Marc I', aluminium / steel / [polyurethane] foam, Marc Newson, Sydney, Australia, 1985
2001/113/1 Lounge, 'Orgone', fibreglass, designed by Marc Newson, Sydney, Australia, 1989, made by Cappellini, Italy, about 2001
89/409 Chair, 'Peanut', laminated craftwood, designed by Marc Newson, made by Eckhard Reissig, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1988

Designer Marc Newson

154 Teapot and lid, porcelain, Worcester Royal Porcelain Company Ltd, Worcester, Worcestershire, England, 1880
2000/112/1 Vase and cover, '100% make up' series, No 32, porcelain, designed by Alessandro Mendini, for Alessi, Germany, 1989-1992
2000/112/2 Vase and cover, '100% make up' series, No 32, porcelain, designed by Alessandro Mendini and Michael Graves, for Alessi, Germany, 1989-1992

Ceramic highlights