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

Next Open Saturday 30 August

 
10.30AM - 3.30PM
  • 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.

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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.

Neville wran sitting, looking like he is being interviewed. He is in a blue suit and smiling.

 

Death of Neville Wran a sad day for SLMWednesday 23 April 2014

Rare video interview with Neville Wran and thoughts from director Mark Goggin on the critical role he played preserving some of our most significant sites

Children and vaucluse

School holidays

Ignite the imaginations of your little onesMonday 17 March 2014

 

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

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#meroogal bedroom lamps @sydlivmus

#meroogal bedroom lamps @sydlivmus

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#meroogal night tour @sydlivmus a detail BT torchlight

#meroogal night tour @sydlivmus a detail BT torchlight

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#meroogal night tour- the stairs @sydlivmus

#meroogal night tour- the stairs @sydlivmus

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So many lovely moments from the #Meroogal night tours thought I'd share some- inside a corner cupboard- @sydlivmus

So many lovely moments from the #Meroogal night tours thought I'd share some- inside a corner cupboard- @sydlivmus

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Dramatic shadows #meroogal night light tour #discoverslm

Dramatic shadows #meroogal night light tour #discoverslm

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Discover Meroogal once the sun goes down.

Enjoy the stunning architecture of one of our famous places by night. Our immersive evening tour sheds a new light on the nightlife of #Meroogal. 
This Sunday 2 August - book online. 
Photo: Scott Hill for Sydney Living Museums

Discover Meroogal once the sun goes down. Enjoy the stunning architecture of one of our famous places by night. Our immersive evening tour sheds a new light on the nightlife of #Meroogal. This Sunday 2 August - book online. Photo: Scott Hill for Sydney Living Museums

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