• 85/1497 Crucibles (6), ceramic, used at Sydney Observatory workshop, maker unknown
  • 85/1498 Ladles (2), (metallurgists), iron, used at Sydney Observatory workshop, maker unknown, c 1950
  • 85/1499 Pit saw, steel blade, wooden handle, used at Sydney Observatory workshop, maker unknown, 1950-1960
  • 85/1500 Pitch-fork, (garden or hay), used at Sydney Observatory workshop, 1930-1950
  • Two rain gauge measuring cylinders.
    85/1913 Rain gauges (2), measuring cylinders, glass, made by Angelo Tornaghi, used at Sydney Observatory, New South Wales, Australia, 1861-1900
  • 85/1914 Sieve, cylindrical, copper, used at Sydney Observatory workshop, [Australia]
  • 85/1915 Funnel, conical, ceramic, size 6 (or 9), used at Sydney Observatory workshop, [1930-1950]
  • 85/1916 Mortar & pestle, ceramic, used at Sydney Observatory workshop, made in [England]
  • 85/1917 Cylinder, glass, graduated, used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1918 Cylinder, glass, graduated, stoppered, used at Sydney Observatory, Australia, 20th century
  • 85/1919 Measuring vessel, possibly rain gauge, glass with spout, used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1920 Tubing (2 pieces), chemical glassware, used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1921 Watch glasses (2), used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1922 Test tube, fused silica, used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1923 Tube, sealed glass, containing liquid, used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1924 Glass discharge tube, used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1925 Discharge tubes (3), glass, (containing powders), used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1926 Vessels (5), glass, handblown, used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1927 Filter flask, glass, used at Sydney Observatory, Crown, Australia
  • 85/1928 Boiling flasks (2), glass, used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1929 Funnel & filter chamber, porcelain/glass, used at Sydney Observatory, Buchner's, Japan/England
  • 85/1930 Roentgen tubes (2), X-ray, used at Sydney Observatory, Newton & Co, London, England


Australian Flora and Fauna in Applied Art



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A grouping of over 500 objects which feature designs and motifs of Australian plants and animals. The objects include ceramics, glassware, jewellery, textiles and woodwork. In addition there are designs by Lucien Henry from the unpublished book 'Australian Decorative Arts' and stamped metal panels from the Wunderlich collection. The objects vary from a superbly crafted gold and silver inkstand to mass produced pressed glass dishes and from detailed botanical illustrations on teacups to stylized cutlery. The material dates from the early 1800's to the present day.

The museum has a long tradition of collecting applied arts featuring Australian designs dating back to Richard Baker who was Curator from 1895 to 1921. Baker held a deep passion for Australian flora, particularly the Waratah and campaigned to promote Australian flora and other native motifs as decorative themes for local manufacturers

Some material in this collection may be subject to copyright

By appointment

A selection of material is available on the Museum's Website. This material has not been fully digitised and records contain varying levels of information


Applied arts; Australian animals; Australian plants; Decorative arts; Emus; Glass; Kangaroos; Waratahs

Drawings; Jewellery; Presentation pieces; Tableware; Textiles

Richard Baker

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