One morning earlier this month, bleary-eyed staff members arrived for work at Susannah Place Museum in The Rocks at the unusually early hour of 5.30am. The early morning peace was soon broken by lights, cameras, action as weather presenter Steve Jacobs and a crew from Channel 9’s popular Today show set up for a series of live crosses, starting at 6.00am and concluding at 8.45am.

Jacobs and his crew first toured the Museum and selected six different rooms in four of the terrace houses as the backdrops to use for filming, as Jacobs talked live to camera about how times have changed since the terraces were built in 1884 and the lack of domestic conveniences we take for granted today.

“Neither Steve nor any of the crew had been to Susannah Place previously and they were amazed how untouched the interiors were after 170 years and the real insight they give into how ordinary people lived over that time,” says Curator Anna Cossu. “We were equally amazed to watch Steve in action. He’s an amazing professional presenter and learned his lines for each live cross to the show in seconds then presented them with passion and conviction. He’s obviously very popular also – as the crew were packing up and leaving he was rushed by a group of young women wanting to have their photograph’s taken with him!

“We really enjoyed the experience and hopefully it was an opportunity to get Susannah Place into a lot of kitchens while people enjoyed their breakfast or morning coffee. It was a great way to kick off Susannah Place’s 170th year.”


About the Author

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Anna Cossu
Susannah Place Museum, Museum of Sydney, Justice and Police Museum
Inspired by wonderful and slightly eccentric history teachers and after her own foray as a teacher, Anna found herself drawn to the world of museums.

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