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DISPLAYING POSTS FROM: Dec 2010 (17)

New Year's Eve

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by Kate C
Publish date
30 December 2010
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Fireworks on New Year's Eve Fireworks on New Year's Eve in St Kilda, 1935. (MM 8768)
Image: Cyril Henshaw
Source: Museum Victoria
 

With Melbourne temperatures predicted to reach 40ºC on New Year's Eve, I'm glad I'll be spending the working hours of Hogmanay in the cool of Melbourne Museum's air conditioning. A perfect time to visit one of our venues before celebrating the arrival of 2011. We're open on New Year's Day, too.

How will you be escaping the heat?

Links:

What's On at Melbourne Museum

What's On at the Immigration Museum

What's On at Scienceworks

Wedding at Pumping Station

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by Kate C
Publish date
29 December 2010
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An engineer friend of mine told me that an engineer friend of hers had recently wed at the Pumping Station. The ceremony took place in this Heritage-listed building amid its pumps and gleaming copper pipes - surely the perfect venue for an engineer's wedding! Congratulations Hannah and Ian!

Wedding in the Pumping Station Ceremony among the pipes and engines of the Pumping Station at Scienceworks.
Image: Clare Plueckhahn
Source: Hannah Clement
 

Links:

Pumping Station at Scienceworks

Scienceworks venue hire

Happy Christmas!

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by Kate C
Publish date
25 December 2010
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Christmas card for Auscare, 1996 'Catching a Star' - a Christmas card created by Thomas Le showing people plucking stars from the sky and hanging them on a Christmas tree. (SH 991104 1)
Image: Thomas Le
Source: Museum Victoria
 

This lovely card in our Migration Collection was created in 1996 by Thomas Le for humanitarian organisation Austcare, now ActionAid Australia. Mr Le fled Vietnam as a teenager, arriving in Australia in 1980, where he put himself through art training and established his career as an illustrator, artist and graphic designer. He donated this and other artworks to Austcare as a way of giving something back for his new life in Australia and helping others who are suffering.

Also on the topic of Christmas stars, the Planetarium's latest FAQ ponders the astronomy of the Star of Bethlehem and provides some good reading until our venues reopen on 26 December.

From all at Museum Victoria, we wish you a happy and safe Christmas!

Links:

Thomas Le's Christmas card on Collections Online

Origins: History of immigration from Vietnam

REB in your pocket

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by Kate C
Publish date
23 December 2010
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The cafe at Melbourne Museum is full of staff each morning seeking a caffeine hit at the start of their workday. This morning, web developer Reuben held out a shiny twenty cent piece, delighted. "Look what I got in my change!"

  REB 20 cent piece Centenary of Federation commemorative twenty cent piece with the Royal Exhibition Building in the background.
Source: Museum Victoria
 

According to the Royal Australian Mint, this coin was designed by Ryan Douglas Ladd and Mark Aaron Kennedy of Lara Lake Primary School as part of a student design competition. It portrays our own Royal Exhibition Building which hosted the opening of the first Commonwealth Parliament, since it was the only building in Melbourne with the capacity to hold the 12,000 people in attendance. After this first gathering on 9 May 1901, the newly-formed Federal Government sat in Melbourne until the opening of Parliament House in Canberra on 9 May, 1927.

As we sat in the shadow of the Royal Exhibition Building this morning, we couldn't resist a picture of Reuben's twenty cents alongside its inspiration. 2.9 million of these coins were minted so check your pocket; you too may have a little piece of World Heritage among your small change!

Links:

Old Parliament House (now site of the Museum of Australian Democracy)

Opening of the First Commonwealth Parliament of Australia

Numismatics on Collections Online

The Thank You Gift

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by Catherine McLennan
Publish date
21 December 2010
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This guest post is by Catherine McLennan. As part of her Master of Public History, Catherine completed a student internship with Museum Victoria, working with Senior Curator Liza Dale-Hallett on a special object that was acquired for the Victorian Bushfires Collection. This collection recently won the 2010 Arts Portfolio Leadership Award in the Community Leadership category.

This year I was given the opportunity to work on the Victorian Bushfires Collection. In my role as student intern, I was assigned to research a tree-shaped sculpture, interview its makers and create some stories for publication on Museum Victoria’s Collections Online. When I first laid eyes on this beautiful piece of art, I had no idea who made it, why they made it, or what it represented. It was time for some research…

Thank You Gift The Thank You Gift
Source: Museum Victoria

After a few phone calls, I learnt that the sculpture was created in the Kinglake Ranges by local woodworker Glenn Barlow and local blacksmith Ray Brasser, using wood and metal that had been salvaged from their properties following the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Glenn and Ray presented this sculpture to the ex-Premier of Victoria John Brumby at a concert that was held at Federation Square, Melbourne, on 10 April 2010 – the Thank You Melbourne and Victoria concert. The purpose of this concert was to thank the people of Victoria for their generosity in the wake of Black Saturday and the sculpture was made as a physical token of this ‘thank you’ message.

In September I travelled to Kinglake to meet and interview Ray, Glenn and three other people that were involved in organising the Thank You Melbourne and Victoria concert. It was an honour to meet these people. All of them had been through some terrible experiences during and after the fires, but despite this, they were so welcoming and had a great sense of humour. Organising the Thank You concert was, for them, a way of channelling their grief and getting local musicians, artists and poets involved in the recovery process whilst simultaneously saying ‘thank you’.

Researching the Thank You Gift was an incredible experience that I will never forget. I would like to thank those who were so generous in sharing their stories with me (they know who they are), and to Museum Victoria for hosting my student internship.

Links:

2010 Arts Portfolio Leadership Awards

Thank You Gift on Collections Online

Making of the Thank You Gift

Thank You Melbourne and Victoria concert

Science & Life TV commercial

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by Kate C
Publish date
20 December 2010
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Coming soon to a telly near you is the new commercial for the Science and Life Gallery at Melbourne Museum. But for those who can't wait until Boxing Day, we've loaded it up on our YouTube channel.

 

Congratulations to the in-house production team: Bernard Caleo (actor), Tim Rolfe (writer/director), Jenni Meaney (production manager), Stephen Dixon (editor) and Maree Martin (marketing).

Many thanks also to 

 

Links:

Dinosaur Walk

Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world

600 Million Years: Victoria evolves

Dynamic Earth

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