• 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


Post WWII Chair Collection

Modern Chair Collection





A collection of about 200 chairs from the 1940's to the present day. The chairs represent a wide range of styles, manufacturing techniques and materials. Designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Grant Featherston, Gordon Andrews, Douglas Snelling, Marc Newson, Clement Meadmore and many others from Australia, North America and Europe.

The period following World War II was a time of great change in many aspects of society including manufacturing techniques and materials, domestic technologies and lifestyles as well as the embracing of personal freedom of expression. The chair provides an intriguing insight into this period of history.

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

By appointment only - Castle Hill Discovery Centre.

The interactive video linked to this record provides a good overview of the collection.


Chairs; Furniture

Charles Eames; Clement Meadmore; Douglas Snelling; Gordon Andrews; Grant Featherston; Marc Newson; Ray Eames

Furniture design

Industrial design

Coverage Spatial

Europe; United Kingdom; North America; Australia

Coverage Temporal



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