Dr Paul Donnelly

Associate Director – Museum Content, Chau Chak Wing Museum (incorporating the Macleay Museum, Nicholson Museum and University Art Collection)

BA Hons, USyd; MA Applied History, UTS Sydney; PhD USyd

Biographical details

For his Near Eastern honours thesis Paul studied and illustrated the ancient Egyptian amulets in the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. He enjoyed it so much he spent the next 26 years working there – initially in collection management from where he moved to different curatorial roles across the collection and including periods as Principal Curator. During this time he continued his archaeological research at University of Sydney excavations, notably Pella in Jordan where he has been a team member since 1989, and which was also a focus for his doctorate on a Bronze-Age fine ceramic called ‘Chocolate-on-White ware’. Paul is also a member of the renewed excavations at Zagora in Andros, Greece which was funded by an ARC grant to partners, University of Sydney, Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, The Archaeological Society at Athens, and the Powerhouse (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney).

Paul is an Honorary Associate of the Department of Archaeology and participates on the committees of the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation (NEAF) at the University of Sydney, of which he is a Founding Member (1986) and currently Vice President; Committee Member of The Australiana Society (since 2005); and Council Member (MAAS rep) Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (since 1995).

Research interests

  • Ancient Mediterranean material culture
  • Bronze Age ceramics of the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • Excavation and research involvement at Pella, Jordan; Zagora, Greece.
  • Numismatics esp. repurposed coinage as love tokens and political tokens.
  • History of architecture.
  • History of design, especially furniture.
  • Museum collections

Exhibitions

2014

Curator, ReCollect: Architectural models, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, September 2014-Februaruy 2015

 

Contributing curator, A Fine Possession: Jewellery in Australia, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, December 2014 - 2016

2013

Curator, Seven Australian Designers, (with Anne-Marie Van de Ven) Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, July – November 2013

 

Coordinating curator, George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher, from Vitra design Museum for Sydney Design 2013, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, July December 2013

2007

Contributing curator, The Great Wall of China: Dragons, Dynasties, Warriors, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney

2006

Coordinating curator, Other Histories: Guan Wei’s fable in a Contemporary World, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney

2005

Curator, Greek Treasures from the Benaki Museum at Athens, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney

2003

Curator, Beirut to Baghdad: Communities, Collecting and Culture, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney

2000

Curator, 1000 Years of the Olympic Games: Treasures of Ancient Greece, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney

1998-2005

Curator, Wattan, Australian-Arabic Community Program funded by ICE and PHM (run by Alissar Chidiac), exhibitions and programs, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney

1998

Curator, Convict Love Tokens at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney


Selected Publications

2015

Donnelly, P.F. (in press 2015). ‘Repurposed love’ in: B. Andrew and K. Dyer (eds.) Evidence, New South Books

2012

Donnelly, P.F. (2012). Foreword in: Artware to Utility: MCP & Mingay ceramics, by T. Impey, Sydney

2011

Donnelly, P.F. (2011). Coordinator and contributor ‘The 1960s chairs of Olivier Morgue and Pierre Paulin’; ‘Crown Corning 1970s-80s domestic glassware’; ‘The “Saco” bean bag and other anti-design furniture’; ‘The Braun SK4 “Phonosuper”’ in: A. Franklin, Retro: a Guide to the Mid-20th Century Design Revival, New South Books/PHM, Sydney

 

Donnelly, P.F. (2011). The State of Collecting in a State: Numismatics in NSW, Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia, 21: 73-90

2010

Donnelly, P.F. (2010). Contributor in: A. Franklin, Collecting the 20th Century, New South Books/PHM, Sydney

2009

Donnelly, P.F. (2009). ‘In the public domain: an Iznik tile in the Powerhouse Museum’, The Asian Art Society of Australia Review, 18:2

 

Donnelly, P.F. (2009). ‘Alan Peascod: Influences & Dialogue’, Art Monthly Australia, 218. pp 35-37

2008

Donnelly, P.F. (2008). ‘Col Levy’; in: John McPhee (ed.) Great Collections: treasures from Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, Botanic Gardens Trust, Historic Houses Trust, MCA, Powerhouse Museum, State Library NSW, State Records NSW, Museums and Galleries, Sydney

 

Donnelly, P.F. (2008). Foreword, More People’s Potteries Stories, by D. Johnston, Sydney

2005

Donnelly, P.F. (2005). ‘The 1938 London Guildhall Gift of Romano-British Antiquities’, in: G. Davidson and K. Webber (eds), Yesterday’s Tomorrows, PHM Publishing, Sydney

2004

Donnelly, P.F. (2004). ‘Introduction: The Proclamation Era’ in: A. Crellin, The Proclamation Coinage of NSW, Monatarium/David Ell Publishing, Sydney, pp. 8-15

 

Donnelly, P.F. (2004). ‘Reorienting the Orient’, The Asian Art Society of Australia Review 13:3

 

Donnelly, P.F. (2004). ‘Chocolate-on-White ware: tomb and tell vessel typology at Pella’, Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan, 8:97 pp. 97-108

2003

Donnelly, P.F., Fewster, K.) (2003). ‘1000 Years of the Olympic Games Exhibition’, in D. Pritchard (ed.) Sport and Festival in the Ancient Greek World, Classical Press of Wales. pp 365-76

2001

Donnelly, P.F., Maxwell-Stewart, H., Millett, T. (2001). ‘Dr Martin and the Forty Thieves’, in: L. Frost, H. Maxwell-Stewart (eds.) Chain Letters: Convict  Narratives,  Melbourne University Press. pp. 177-89

 

Donnelly, P.F. (2001). ‘Chocolate-on-White Ware: towards a definition fifteen years on from Hennessy’, in A. Walmsley (ed.) Australians uncovering ancient Jordan, Sydney University & the Department of Antiquities of Jordan. pp. 249-58

 

Donnelly, P.F., Measham, T., Spitari, E. (2000). 1000 Years of the Olympics: Treasures of Ancient Greece, PHM Publishing, Sydney

1999

Donnelly, P.F. (1999). ‘Egyptian Faience Amulets in the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (Powerhouse Museum), Sydney’, Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol 12. pp. 75-88

1998

Donnelly, P.F. (1998). ‘A Bracelet of Bright Haire”: Memory and Tokens’, in Michelle Field & Timothy Millett (eds.), Convict Love Tokens, Wakefield Press. pp. 53-66

1997

Donnelly, P.F. (1997). ‘”When this you see, remember me”: Convict Love Tokens & Related   Keepsakes’.  Australasian Victorian Studies Journal, 3:1. pp. 22-37

1995

Donnelly, P.F. (1995). ‘Tarnished Silver: Depicting Aborigines in Colonial Silver’, in E. Czernis-Ryl (ed.), Australian Gold and Silver, Powerhouse Publishing, Sydney1995 pp. 54-67