• 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


Margaret Lord Archive Collection





The archive of the Sydney based interior designer, Margaret Lord. It includes photographs, diaries, books and publications relating to Lords design work and life dating from 1930 to 1975.

Margaret Florence Lord was born at Warnambool, Victoria on 12 December 1908. She studied art for three years at the Swinbourne Technical College and then taught art in Melbourne secondary schools, continuing to study at night at the National Gallery School. In 1936 she travelled to London where she remained until 1940, working for Reens-Arta, interior designers of Mayfair, and later for the Arnold School of Interior Decoration as Director of Studies. On her return to Australia in 1940, Margaret Lord moved to Sydney and was soon securing commissions for interior designs of private homes, institutional and commercial buildings. As well, she was in demand as a lecturer and a radio broadcaster. She published three books on interior design and wrote numerous articles for magazines such as Australian Home Beautiful and The Home. In 1951 Lord became a foundation member of the Society of Interior Designers of Australia and participated in their first exhibition in 1953. Interiors designed by Margaret Lord include Sydney University Union, the Shell Company's Carrington Street building, Johnston and Johnston's factory at Botany, Australian Glass Manufacturers' factory at Waterloo, Wrigley's Ltd building at Rosebery, the Sydney Club, the Memorial Hall at Shore, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Women's Hospital, Melbourne, and the ships Monowai, Manoora and Kanimbla. This archive includes diaries, scrapbooks, newscuttings, transcripts of speeches, broadcasts, letters, magazines and other publications. It also includes photographs of Lord and her work, including a number of photographs taken by Max Dupain of her work in the late 1940s.

Some material included in this collection may be subject to copyright

By appointment

Parts of this collection are digitised and available on the Powerhouse Museum website


Diaries; Magazines; Photographs; Scrapbooks

Interior design

Margaret Lord

Coverage Spatial

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Coverage Temporal



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