Ornamental weather vane

Leslie Williams1959

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

This weathervane was made by Leslie Williams in October 1959 and was acquired by the Powerhouse Museum the following year. An alternative name for a weathervane is a weather-cock because of the image of a rooster that was placed on top of the vane's spoke. An arrow also rotated on the spoke which when blown gave a visual indicator of the direction the wind was blowing from.

This particular object is probably modelled on a portable wind vane but looks to be an ornamental version which was displayed indoors. It is significant as an example of locally made Australian brass work.

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  • Title: Ornamental weather vane
  • Creator: Leslie Williams
  • Date: 1959
  • Location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Physical Dimensions: 355mm (h) x 145mm (w) x 155mm (d)
  • See MAAS website: See PHM Collection record


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