Stop the closure of the Powerhouse Museum

By | November 29th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

The Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo is in imminent danger. Its Board and CEO Lisa Havilah are pressing ahead with plans to close it on 31 December for three years - despite the NSW Labor Government's stated intention to retain it as Australia's leading science and [...]

NSW Coalition’s arts catastrophe

By | November 29th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Sydney Modern: the ultimate cultural cringe By JUDITH WHITE On Saturday 3 December Sydney Modern, the controversial new building at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), will open with a fanfare of publicity and a nine-day festival. The public unveiling has been preceded [...]

Behind the expenses scandal at the Art Gallery of NSW

By | June 13th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Sydney media are abuzz with stories about the lavish taxpayer-funded expenses bill run up by Art Gallery of New South Wales director Dr Michael Brand. First Daily Telegraph reporter Christopher Harris dug up the statements of Brand’s public-purse credit card, which listed several restaurant bills [...]

Climate, Culture, Country: the way forward

By | October 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Joseph Lycett Aborigines using fire to hunt kangaroos c.1820, National Library of Australia BOOK REVIEW By JUDITH WHITE Worried about the prospects for life on earth? Well, we have just been given a message of hope born out of profound historical knowledge. On the eve [...]

My uncle, abandoned to the Death Railway by Britain

By | October 13th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

By JUDITH WHITE My Uncle Dick was a Manchester electrician and lifelong trade unionist who survived the Thai-Burma railway in World War Two, but never afterwards joined a military parade or wrapped himself in the Union Jack. His prisoner-of-war diary, previously unpublished, forms part of [...]

Why I wrote ‘Children of Coal’

By | August 9th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

A story of family, survival and the pain inflicted by empire Children of Coal: A Migrant's Story by Judith White, 273pp, ISBN 9781649698391 Here is my memoir of growing up in the North of England when it still ran on coal, and of the remarkable people [...]

Powerhouse Museum still in danger

By | August 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

The Powerhouse Museum remains under threat from the cultural vandalism of the NSW Government. Six weeks ago the museum’s supporters were celebrating Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s backflip decision to retain the museum at Ultimo. But the backflip has turned into a 360-degree somersault. Staff are under [...]

How the Powerhouse was saved

By | July 8th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

In an extraordinary about-turn, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that she will retain the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo and build a new museum at Parramatta. The fight to save the southern hemisphere’s finest museum of applied arts and sciences and its priceless 500,000-object collection [...]

NSW Government takes a wrecking ball to heritage

By | June 11th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

By JUDITH WHITE The heritage core of the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, Sydney, is no longer open to the public. On 30 June the NSW Government will close it for good and begin tearing the institution apart. The threatened area of the award-winning building includes [...]

Museum showdown on Macquarie Street

By | May 17th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Museum showdown on Macquarie Street By JUDITH WHITE Today, Monday 18 May, is International Museum Day – so it’s ironic that some museum supporters and professionals in NSW will spend the day in yet another effort to protect cultural institutions from the predations of the [...]