• 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


Fred Ward Archive Collection





A design archive created by and relating to the Australian designer Fred Ward, from 1947 to 1988.

Frederick C. Ward is a major figure in the history of Australian design. He was born in Melbourne in1899 and originally trained as an artist. In the late 1920s he began manufacturing his own furniture designs. In the early 1930s, Ward was asked by Myer Emporium Ltd to open a modern furniture department within its Melbourne store. In 1949 he was appointed Design Consultant to the Australian National University, Canberra. His brief was to design the furniture for the early buildings of the new university. In 1955 he established the Design Unit of the ANU, a remarkable enterprise by international standards, which eventually became responsible not only for furnishing new buildings, but also detailed campus planning. Ward's furniture design is characterised by his pioneering use of unstained Australian timbers. This archive contains correspondence, photographs, plans, drawings and notes by Ward relating to his various projects as well as articles, press clippings and reports. The archive is complemented by a number of pieces of Ward furniture in the Powerhouse collection.

Some material included in this collection may be subject to copyright.

By appointment - Powerhouse Museum Archives (95/109/1)

A printed guide to the full archive is available at the museum.


Armchairs; Coffee tables; Design archives; Design drawings; Dining chairs; Documents; Photographs; Tables

Fred Ward

Furniture design

Coverage Spatial

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Coverage Temporal



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