• 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


Gillies Collection





The collection consists of over 130 important examples of eighteenth and early nineteenth century English porcelain and decorative art objects collected by the Sydney collector Annie Maria Gillies (Mrs Sinclair Gillies).

In 1953 Annie Marie Gillies bequeathed parts of her collection of eighteenth century English ceramics and decorative arts to both the Art Gallery of NSW and the Vaucluse Park Trust (which later became part of the Historic Houses Trust). In 1998 both these collections were transferred to the Powerhouse Museum where they form the Gillies Collection. These items demonstrate the strength of the porcelain industry and marketplace in England between the mid eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. They reflect contemporary styles and fashions, particularly the Rococo as well as influences from East Asia and the classical past. In addition, they represent the output of several important factories, including Worcester, Derby, Bow and Spode, demonstrating their pursuit to perfect bone china and to improve their market positions. The collection also includes a selection of eighteenth and nineteenth-century snuff boxes in silver, enamelled copper, papier maché, tortoise shell and bone. As well as a rare pair of eighteenth-century shoe buckles, an eighteenth-century enamelled scent bottle, and a rococo-style jewellery box in glass with gilt and mother-of-pearl mounts. There is also a set of six china coffee cups and saucers painted by Reginald Austin in around 1914 illustrating Australian birds.


Annie Maria Gillies (Mrs Sinclair Gillies)

Commercial ceramics production; Derby Porcelain

Figures; Snuff boxes; Tableware

Coverage Spatial

England, United Kingdom

Coverage Temporal



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