Meroogal
Side of the house facing Worrigee Street, Meroogal, 2008 MER08_0007

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10.30AM - 3.30PM
Open extra days during school holidays:
Tues 23 Sep to Sat 27 Sep and Tues 30 Sep to Sat 4 Oct
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Entry

Adult $8

Child (under 15)/Concession $4

Family (2 adults + 2 children) $17

Members free

Address

Corner West and Worrigee streets, Nowra, NSW 2541

Phone

+612 4421 8150
Meroogal

Some houses are immediately friendly and inviting. Meroogal is such a house. Handed down through four generations of women from one local family, it tells a multitude of stories about the ‘Roogal’ women and the south-coast community in which they lived.

Family group portrait. Thorburn family at Meroogal, 13 January 1891.

A few blocks from the town centre of Nowra on NSW’s south coast, Meroogal is a rare and precious gem. Barely changed since it was built in the 1880s, the distinctive ‘Carpenter Gothic’ house has been loved and maintained by four generations of Thorburn and MacGregor women through the pleasures and labours of daily life. The house still overflows with their belongings – favourite books and ornaments, furniture, photographs, diaries and journals, newspaper clippings, receipts and recipes, appliances and clothes – and the garden, although reduced from its original size, still provides fruits and fresh produce that hint at their self-sufficiency and hospitality. Meroogal invites us into their lives, and through their private histories draws us into a shared and living past.

Find out More About Meroogal

Meroogal women's art prize

The Latest At Meroogal

Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2014 exhibition on now

Meroogal Womens Art Prize

Local artist wins 2014 Meroogal Women’s Art PrizeTuesday 23 September 2014

Sydney Living Museums is proud to announce Sharnie Shield, a local artist from Austinmer (NSW), has won the 2014 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize with her work Collars in the afternoon.The Meroogal Women...

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Meroogal Womens Art Prize

Record number of entries received Thursday 11 September 2014

Sydney Living Museums is proud to announce a record number of entries have been received for the biennial Meroogal Women’s Art Prize.Judges have selected 34 finalists from a field of 185 entries for this...

Two kids preparing food at a kitchen table spread with fresh produce.

Events

School Holiday HoursWednesday 27 August 2014

Children with handmade hats

School holidays

Book now for school holiday funTuesday 3 June 2014

Discover hidden histories through play, craft and fun games these school holidays.Children can join ...

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Public Sydney book wins awardWednesday 14 May 2014

Sydney Living Museum's book Public Sydney: drawing the city wins National Trust award.

 

Promo banner for Cook and Curator blog. Curator Scott Hill and 'cook' Jacqui Newling stand outside meroogal.

Meroogal on Instagram

On the way #home from #Meroogal art prize. #landscape #instaphoto #instanature #austrianlife #sky #road

On the way #home from #Meroogal art prize. #landscape #instaphoto #instanature #austrianlife #sky #road

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@malleywigs drawing some water for garden. #meroogal @sydlivmus

@malleywigs drawing some water for garden. #meroogal @sydlivmus

2 days 14 hours
Meroogal balcony #meroogal #sydlivmus #nowra

Meroogal balcony #meroogal #sydlivmus #nowra

3 days 13 hours
Meroogal back door #meroogal #sydlivmus #nowra

Meroogal back door #meroogal #sydlivmus #nowra

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Meroogal bunting #meroogal #sydlivmus #bunting #nowra

Meroogal bunting #meroogal #sydlivmus #bunting #nowra

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This is #meroogal. Yet another wonderful @sydlivmus site, replete with rich stories.

This is #meroogal. Yet another wonderful @sydlivmus site, replete with rich stories.

3 days 16 hours
A beautiful afternoon at #meroogal house and especially exciting to see @hannahmorganphotographer 's divine work hung in the upstairs room. If you are ever in Nowra, the exhibition is on for the next six months.

A beautiful afternoon at #meroogal house and especially exciting to see @hannahmorganphotographer 's divine work hung in the upstairs room. If you are ever in Nowra, the exhibition is on for the next six months.

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@sydlivmus staff socks on display at #meroogal Is this the subject of the next art prize? :P

@sydlivmus staff socks on display at #meroogal Is this the subject of the next art prize? :P

3 days 18 hours
The sun sets on the opening of #meroogalartprize at beautiful #meroogal.

The sun sets on the opening of #meroogalartprize at beautiful #meroogal.

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First prize winner of #meroogalartprize is Sharnie Shield's Collars in the Afternoon. Congratulations to the finalists and the winners! #meroogal

First prize winner of #meroogalartprize is Sharnie Shield's Collars in the Afternoon. Congratulations to the finalists and the winners! #meroogal

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