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

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Corner West and Worrigee streets, Nowra, NSW 2541


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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.

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Meroogal women's art prize

The Latest At Meroogal

Small table, covered with white tablecloth, on verandah, with tea tray holding two tea cups, teapot, sugar bowl, milk jug and biscuits,


Roll up, roll up to Meroogal and the Nowra ShowFriday 29 January 2016

The annual Nowra Show is on next week, and we’re celebrating at Meroogal, which is just across the road!

Handpainted image of wildflowers - red and purple.


Season's greetingsThursday 24 December 2015

Woman stands in a garden surrounded by tall shrubbery

Children & Family

Summer holiday opening hoursThursday 17 December 2015

Family fun these school holidays

School holidays

Summer holiday funThursday 19 November 2015

Eat your history – the book!

The Cook and the Curator

Eat your history – the book!Thursday 5 November 2015


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