• 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


Sidney Warden Archive Collection





The Sidney Warden Archive contains photographs, drawings and journals relating to his designs for Tooth hotels in Sydney and New South Wales from the 1920s to 1950s.

Sidney Warden (1890-1959) was the most prolific of the several architects who designed hotels for Tooth & Co. He was the son of James George Warden, a leading Sydney hotel broker. After completing school, Warden was articled to the Sydney architect George Durrell. He then worked in London for some years, returning in 1922 to establish his own practice. By his own count, Warden's work encompassed 392 hotels, new buildings or alterations to existing hotels. During the 1930s Sydney's pub architecture came into its own, forming one of the most unusual creations of Australian architecture. In his Sydney Architecture survey, Graham Jahn emphasises its singularity: 'The Art Deco pub is an Australian phenomenon'. In fact, it was primarily a New South Wales phenomenon. Warden was at the forefront of this phenomenon and his hotels were leading examples of the genre. The Sidney Warden archive dates from 1922 to 1959. It is an outstanding record of New South Wales pub architecture, created by its leading practitioner. The archive consists mainly of photographic prints of Warden designed hotels as well as some drawings and architectural journals.

Some material in this collection may be subject to copyright

By appointment - Powerhouse Archives

A selection of material and a PDF Guide to the full archive (2007/61/1) is available on the Powerhouse Website


Architectural drawings; Journals; Photographs


Hotels and taverns

Sidney Warden; Tooth Hotels

Coverage Spatial

New South Wales, Australia

Coverage Temporal



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