Stories from Susannah Place Museum

Black and white photo of children playing on equipment.

Childhood at Susannah Place

Come and play with Anna Cossu at Susannah Place Museum and find out what the kids who lived there got up to in the footpaths, streets and lane ways of the Rocks, Sydney.
Interior of kitchen showing window, fireplace, table and chairs and shelving, with props including hanging towel, food canisters on mantelpiece and other household items.

If these walls could talk...

Our curators peel back the layers from the walls and floors to reveal the humble histories of our places and the stories of the everyday people who lived there. Stories from Susannah Place Museum, Hyde Park Barracks Museum and Justice & Police Museum.
Looking down from above on terraces surrounded by more modern buildings.

They sawed the furniture in half

As anyone who has lived in a terrace house knows getting large pieces of furniture upstairs can be a frustratingly hard and sometimes hazardous exercise.
Colour photo of playground with mural in background.

King George V Memorial Playground (KGV)

Built on a narrow strip of land left over from the Sydney Harbour Bridge construction the King George V Memorial Playground (KGV) was built by the Sydney Municipal Council as a part of a scheme to provide playgrounds in crowded inner city suburbs.
Fragment of Greek American Tribune newspaper, dated 12 July 1946, found under lino in kitchen of terrace number 60, Susannah Place.

From little things big things grow

Fragments of a 1946 Greek-American Tribune newspaper discovered beneath a worn layer of linoleum in the front bedroom, olive seeds in the kitchen hearth along with names and dates in Rate Assessment books were the only clues to the existence of a Greek family that lived at 60 Gloucester Street, The Rocks.
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A House In The Making

Susannah Place opened as a 'warts and all' house museum in 1993, but it took until 2006 to finally throw all of its door open to visitors. Curator Anna Cossu explains who lived here, what makes this place is important and why it's forever a 'work in progress'.
Large group of children posing for black and white photograph on the Cumberland Place steps in Sydney's Rocks area, taken around 1915

Two up, two down

Perched on one of the sandstone ledges that gave The Rocks its name, Susannah Place is a typically English row of ‘two up, two down’ terraces, each originally with basement cellars and kitchens, separate laundries and bathrooms. Between 1844 and 1990, over 100 families called these four terrace houses home, living lives inextricably linked to the vibrant world of the Rocks beyond their front doors.