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This week’s focus:
From painters to musicians, join us as we celebrate artists and makers! Find out more about lost trades, stories from our historic houses and past exhibitions and how our properties continue to spark creativity today.
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Bessie Rouse's scrap album
A nineteenth-century scrap album, carefully stored in a bookcase at Rouse Hill House, holds hidden treasure – if you know what you’re looking at.
Homemade Wallpaper: Morrison's of Sydney
Morrison's built a successful wallpaper manfacturing business in early 20th century Sydney.
Tot Thorburn’s wedding cake
Known as ‘Tottie’, Kennina Thorburn, who lived at Meroogal from 1893 to 1945, was renowned for the wedding cakes she made for close friends and family members
The Art of Botanical Illustration: a Norfolk Island Pine by Angela Lober
Join botanical artist Angela Lober as she brings the Norfolk Island pine to life on paper.
How did convicts make bricks?
Convict Joseph Smyth (Smith) is a master brick maker working for the government and he has a tough job ahead of him. Governor Macquarie has an ambitious building project for Sydney and thousands of bricks are needed. Joseph has to teach two newly arrived convicts how to make clay bricks as part of a brick gang.
Take a moment to relax and recharge with one of our online puzzles featuring our beautiful collections and museums.
Queen of the Night
The Queen of the Night is an epiphytic spineless cactus that originates from the rainforests of Central America.
A talented convict artist
Two portrait miniatures in our collection illustrate the opportunities available to a skilled convict artist for commissions from the upwardly mobile emancipist and settler population of colonial NSW.
Artist in Resident
Dr Lisa Cooper
Find out more about our first artist in residence, Dr Lisa Cooper, a Sydney-based artist and florist.
Exhibitions & Programs
Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020 Winners’ AnnouncementWednesday 23 September 2020
The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize celebrates the creativity of female artists in NSW. The 2020 Winners were announced at a modest event at the Meroogal house museum.
Rouse Hill Estate
Play along with us: House Music at Your HouseMonday 17 August 2020
We invite you to join us in a new musical experiment, bringing the music of the 19th century into the 21st century. We’ve delved into the hundreds of popular songs that survive in the collection at Rouse Hill Estate and we’ve also asked some brilliant musicians to help you explore these pieces of music from their homes and in our historic houses.