One of the first visitors to our new interactive family exhibition at the Museum of Sydney had a more personal connection than most.

On the Move explores the evolution of transportation through a distinctively Australian lens. Visitors are introduced to local transport trailblazers, including the inspiring Lennie Gwyther, who at nine years old rode his pony alone from country Victoria to attend the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932. On the exhibition’s opening weekend we were thrilled to welcome Lennie’s younger sister, Beryl Ferrier, to the museum. Beryl generously shared some family stories with staff, recalling the hubbub in the household during the preparations for Lennie’s departure. On his return, Lennie said his trip was ‘no big deal’ and described Sydney as a ‘bonza town’.

Curated by SLM’s Mel Flyte and brought to life with vibrant illustrations by James Gulliver Hancock, On the Move is full of hands‑on activities. Children can create their own future vehicles from LEGO®, construct and fly a paper plane, tinker in the mechanic’s shop, and truckloads more!

On the Move is supported by partner AMP Capital and supporting partner Grosvenor Place.

News in white text on black background.

News

Update on COVID-19Monday 16 March 2020

In response to recent developments with COVID-19, Sydney Living Museums is closing all historic houses and museums effective Tuesday 24 March until further notice. Click here for further information about the potential impact of COVID-19.

Pomelo + Co Launches meal boxes and ready-made meals

News

Pomelo + Co launches ready-made meals Tuesday 31 March 2020

Person in red shirt kneeling in front of lifted floorboards removing debris.

Hyde Park Barracks

Hyde Park Barracks: keeper of lost thingsFriday 6 March 2020

At the heart of the new visitor experience at the Hyde Park Barracks is the museum’s internationally significant archaeology collection.

Shoes, handkerchief, cap (stamped with HPA, for Hyde Park Asylum, and broad arrow), bodice and apron worn by asylum inmates.

International Women's Day

Women's stories, women's livesFriday 6 March 2020

Series of brass cogs and wheels.

Hyde Park Barracks

Conserving Australia's oldest clockFriday 6 March 2020

On its 200th anniversary, Australia’s oldest surviving public clock received some much-needed conservation and care.