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
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Adult $8

Child (under 15)/Concession $4

Family (2 adults + 2 children) $17

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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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Meroogal women's art prize

The Latest At Meroogal

Sepia toned photo of moustached man with white collar and dark jacket.

New online

Hirsute heritage and facial fashionsWednesday 19 November 2014

If you’re growing your moustache for Movember you’re probably at the point now where you need to consider the style you’re going to adopt. We have a selection from our collections for you to choose from.

Jars as part of art installation on shelf below window.

New online

Installing the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2014Wednesday 12 November 2014

One of the common questions being asked by visitors to the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize this year is ‘How did you go about installing the artworks in the house, with all the collections in there?’ The answer is that the process was a little time consuming, at times complex, but most certainly rewarding.

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Membership

Members program announcedWednesday 8 October 2014

Sydney Living Museums has unveiled a generous new membership program offering exclusive benefits across its portfolio of 12 of the most important historic houses, gardens and museums in New South Wales.

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...

 

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

Meroogal on Instagram

Meroogal showing it’s true colours as the jacarandas burst into bloom this summer. 
See for yourself every Saturday in this stunning slice of family history. 
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#Meroogal

Meroogal showing it’s true colours as the jacarandas burst into bloom this summer. See for yourself every Saturday in this stunning slice of family history. http://slm.is/meroogal #Meroogal

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I 💗Meroogal #meroogal #spring xoxo

I 💗Meroogal #meroogal #spring xoxo

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#meroogalartprize #meroogal 
Lovely day for a tour and afternoon tea.

#meroogalartprize #meroogal Lovely day for a tour and afternoon tea.

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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

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Meroogal balcony #meroogal #sydlivmus #nowra

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Meroogal back door #meroogal #sydlivmus #nowra

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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.

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