Various types of building blocks became popular around this time, but evolved into more sophisticated puzzles and construction toys by the early 20th century. During this era toy buildings designed for children to construct often imitated actual buildings. Construction toys were promoted as a means for children to develop manual skills and dexterity.
When choosing furniture for the home in the late 1940s and 50s, Australians had a distinct choice: dark, bulky and well upholstered or light, functional and modern.
Sydney was once infested by safebreakers. Some were sophisticated specialists like Richard Reynolds, who used the latest technology to crack safes. Others like Kong Lee had a more slap-dash approach – stuff the safe with explosives and hope the neighbours don’t complain about the noise when it blows.
Sydney’s first European settlers were criminals – not an auspicious start – and the city has maintained its reputation for breeding some of the world’s hardest, most malevolent and cunning crooks.
Curator Peter Doyle describes this exhibition as ‘an intimate, raw and hauntingly beautiful record of the mysterious people and dark places of a Sydney lost’.
Architects recognize the conservation of energy as a global imperative and are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of the creation and maintenance of modern housing.