From Our Collection

From Our Collection

Sunbeam Mixmaster In the years between the First and Second World Wars, Ivar Jepson designed and built dozens of kitchen appliances, including the indomitable Sunbeam “Mixmaster”. Born in Sweden in 1903, Jepson loved to design things as a boy, studied engineering as a youth, and went to Germany to pursue graduate studies in mechanical engineering. …

Old Sydney’s Physician:  the Southerly Buster

Old Sydney’s Physician: the Southerly Buster

In 1910 Henry Lawson wrote the following lines celebrating Sydney’s restorative Southerly Buster; ‘Tis a glorious mission, Old Sydney’s PhysicianBroom, Bucket  and Cloth of the East,‘Tis a breeze and a sprayer that answers our prayer,And it’s free to the greatest and least. Often down on his luck, Lawson identified with the city’s urban poor; those…

Seeds for Flynn’s Flying Doctor Sown 100 Years Ago

Seeds for Flynn’s Flying Doctor Sown 100 Years Ago

AUGUST 22, 2017 marked the centenary of the death of a little-known outback stockman which attracted national headlines and proved the impetus for Reverend John Flynn’s vision for an outback aeromedical service. Kimberley stockman Jimmy Darcy suffered massive internal injuries on 29 July 1917 when his horse fell in a cattle stampede. An 80-kilometre ride…

Lieutenant Clifford Peel – Providing a Blueprint for the RFDS

Lieutenant Clifford Peel – Providing a Blueprint for the RFDS

The Royal Flying Doctor Service honours the legacy of a far-sighted young man named John Clifford Peel whose vision played a great part in the inspiration and planning of the Flying Doctor. In 1917, Reverend John Flynn received an inspirational letter from Lieutenant Clifford Peel. The young airman and war hero suggested the use of aviation to…

Museum Closed

Museum Closed

With the potential for a further extension of the lockdown due to Covid we do not know when the museum will re-open. As a result, we have cancelled our advertised October speaker – but we will certainly invite him back once things begin to open up again. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our July Rivendell…

From Our Collection

From Our Collection

The Blue Bird Sewing Machine Bebarfalds, a retailer of home furnishings and manufacturer of furniture, traded for many years from its landmark location opposite the Sydney Town Hall on the corner of George and Park Streets. They are best remembered for their sewing machines, introduced around 1917, and branded as ‘Blue Bird’ from about 1926….