• 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


Weatherly Sisters Circus Archive Collection





The Weatherly sisters, Gagga and Toots, worked in circus, vaudeville, film and television as clowns, contortionists, mimics, dancers, singers, songwriters and musicians across Australia and internationally from 1910 until the 1980s. This archive contains material relating to the Weatherly Sisters as well as their family and circuses to which they belonged.

The Weatherly sisters began performing on stage at the age of two and continued to work as entertainers well into their 70s. They were fifth generation show people. The Weatherly family performed with circuses throughout the Indian sub-continent, the Far East, Australasia, and southern Africa. From 1920 they were based in Australia and focussed on vaudeville, travelling widely as itinerant performers. This archive includes material relating to Newsome's Circus, Frederick's Circus, Harmston's Circus, and the Weatherly sisters and family. There is also a family history and family tree. Highlights include Wirth's Circus poster featuring the Weatherly sisters billed above the famous equestrian May Wirth; photos of 19th century contortion and acrobatic acts; late 19th century circus programs; and silk programs (one of which, for Harmston's Circus, lists the Jandaschewsky French clowns as performers)

Some material in this collection may be subject to copyright.

By appointment - Powerhouse Museum Archives (98/28/1)

A selection of material is available on the Powerhouse Museum Website. A printed guide is available at the Museum (98/29/1)


Archives; Medallions; Photographs; Posters; Programs

Circus life; Circuses; The Weatherly Sisters; Vaudeville


Gaga Weatherly; Toots Weatherly

Coverage Spatial

India; South East Asia; South Africa; Australia

Coverage Temporal



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