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

Two children watering a garden bed surrounded by plant life, assisted by a gardener

Children & Family

Spring school holiday opening hoursThursday 10 September 2015

Two girls feed a chicken while a young boy runs in the background.

School holidays

Family Friendly Tours of our house museumsThursday 27 August 2015

Bring the family to visit our historic houses museums these school holidays and join in special children & family tours – for FREE with museum entry.

Mint green house with scaffolding and newly installed roofing.


A new roof for MeroogalFriday 21 August 2015

Currently, a new roof is being installed at Meroogal in Nowra.Much preparation and thought has gone into the replacement of the Meroogal house's roof by Sydney Living Museums'...

Man on ladder painting wooden house.


Sprucing up at MeroogalThursday 4 June 2015

The back wing at Meroogal is being painted and will soon be looking lovely and fresh.

Group of ANZAC related objects and papers.


ANZAC day at MeroogalFriday 10 April 2015


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