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Entries for the Head On Photo Awards are closing soon, don't miss out!

The Awards are open internationally, with a prize pool of $50,000 in cash, equipment and software, plus the chance to have your work exhibited at Museum of Sydney (Portrait, Student and Mobile categories).

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02/20/2017 at 06:15. Facebook
Inspired by a mug shot in one of Justice and Police Museum’s most talked-about exhibitions 'City of Shadows', Lachlan Philpott's new play 'The Trouble with Harry' revolves around the true case of Eugenia Falleni aka Harry Crawford, a woman and mother, who had been passing as a man since 1899.

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The Trouble With Harry - Seymour Centre
What a pleasure to see some of the special items Peter Kingston brought along to the Demolished Sydney talk 'Sydney's Hard working harbour: a history', today at the Museum of Sydney.

Included were treasures from Luna Park such as a Snow White figurine and an original ticket seller's hat, and a Peters ice-cream box and life-saving ring from the Hegarty's ferries that operated in Sydney...
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Australia’s first published cookbook, 'The English and Australian cookery book for the many and the upper ten thousand' (1864) by Edward Abbott, features only one curry recipe. It is suitable for "meats, fowl or rabbits", and is to be cooked using a homemade spice mix, featuring 9 individual spices.

Find out more on The Cook and the Curator blog post: [ Link ]

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The Head On Photo Festival is here again and it’s time to get your entries in! With a prize pool of $50,000 in cash, equipment and software, don’t miss your chance to be a part of one of Australia’s most critically acclaimed photographic competitions.

This year, Museum of Sydney will again be exhibiting the works of 40 finalists from the Head On Portrait Prize, along with finalist works from...
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Save the date for our annual Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm on Sunday 12 March. Discover the Indigenous heritage of Parramatta and celebrate its namesake, the eel, with a family-friendly day of demonstrations and tastings, talks and tours, Indigenous craft and markets. Find out more at [ Link ]
Christoper Allen at The Australian explores the attitudes towards and motivations for building demolition, as well as the emergence and gradual success of arguments for conservation.

The Demolished Sydney exhibition is on now:

Structural damage
Louis ‘living-the-dream’ Wayling ponders a unique and tasty combination of art, surfing, creativity and pizza… anyone else experiencing severe lifestyle envy?

Part of the Museum of Sydney’s hands-on exhibition, Sand in the City.

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Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm

Today is Valentine's Day, and we want to share with you a love story from our vaults.

A convict love token, engraved by Londoner Joseph Smyth in 1817 for his wife Mary, has a clear connection to Hyde Park Barracks.

Smyth’s token was engraved on a George III halfpenny, with the words ‘Joseph Smyth/Cast for death/4 July 1817/Aged 33’ on one side, and the name ‘Mary Ann Smyth/Aged 27’ engraved...
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Last week was the first meeting of our soft furnishings volunteers for the year.

The group apply their tender loving care to soft furnishings across all of our properties, replicating authentic techniques as much as possible to recreate the feeling of the original room.

Photo: Dianne at Elizabeth Bay House showcasing the amazing work her team have done on the shadowwork embroidery on the...
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"...back then, some of the other big attractions were the luxury foods like smoked blue cod for breakfast in the 1908 Kirribilli block Beulah... the latest technology of electric lifts in the 1912 Kingsclere in Potts Point".

Sydney Living Museums' Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon shares her wisdom with the Australian Financial Review about the history of prestige apartment living.

Towers of power lure key prestige property players
It's going to be a scorcher in Sydney this weekend! Don't feel like braving the crowds at the beach? Why not head into one of our air-conditioned museums?

At the Justice & Police Museum you may be in the hot seat in our mock trial, but the surroundings will be oh so cool:

Build sandcastles in air-conditioned bliss at the Sand in the City exhibition at the Museum of Sydney:...
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This Valentine’s Day forget the dozen roses and give a gift that blooms all year long. Explore a dozen museums and historic houses with a Sydney Living Museums membership.

Gift memberships now available:
Our latest Demolished Sydney Talks Series lets you join some of Australia’s most influential architects, historians, heritage professionals and social commentators in discussing the themes and stories in the 'Demolished Sydney' exhibition at the Museum of Sydney.

Comment below in 25 words or less about your favourite Sydney building past or present, by Friday 10 February, for your chance to...
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Sydney’s Hard-working Harbour: a history
@WyliesBaths regular and compulsive cartoonist, Matthew Martin, explains what makes swimming in Sydney’s most beautiful tidal pool so special and why he can't stop drawing.

A small snippet from Museum of Sydney’s summer exhibition, Sand in the City. To find out more visit

Among the thousands of wallpaper fragments and treasures held in the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection is a small, ragged edged section of wallpaper made in 1888 showing an illustrated version of the moral fable Dick Whittington and his Cat.

Nursery rhyme wallpapers with vivid and moralistic designs, drawn sometimes by famous illustrators like Kate Greenaway, were popular in...
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Happy Chinese New Year! To celebrate the year of the Rooster and its qualities of confidence, independence and a hard-working nature, we'd like to share the story of pioneering Australian fashion designer Vivian Chan Shaw.

Vivian's designs have been worn by stars such as Dionne Warwick and Bo Derek, but her life wasn't always a fairy tale. At the age of thirty she was living in Sydney,...
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