Find a weekly summary of what's new across our channels, look up activities to do at home with the family, including in the kitchen and the garden, explore our properties and our collections, and settle in for some good long reads.
This week's focus:
This week coinciding with our current call out for the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020 we turn our focus to the historic house of Meroogal in Nowra located on the NSW South Coast. Meroogal reopens to the public this Saturday 4 July. Pre-book your tickets online now.
Make yourself at home
Designed by Kenneth McKenzie for his sister Jessie, Meroogal was home to four generations of resilient and resourceful women, whose house was their livelihood as well as their home.
The story of Meroogal's clock
In the hallway at Meroogal is a grandfather clock with the most wonderful and eventful history. It first arrived from Scotland with the McKenzie family and was with them when they moved to a small village called Terara, on the banks of the Shoalhaven River.
For the family
Craft & Activities
Make your own mini museum! Choose from six Sydney Living Museums properties including Meroogal. Simply download the plans, colour, cut, fold and glue
Family members recall Auntie Tottie Thorburn cooking these biscuits, cut into fingers, on large baking trays in the fuel stove at Meroogal.
Online jigsaw puzzles
Take a moment to relax and recharge with one of our online puzzles featuring our beautiful collections and museums.
The Meroogal women planted the original jacaranda in 1910. According to the family’s oral history, the magnificent tree was grown from a seed taken from one of the first jacarandas in the colony – a gift from the Dick family of Windsor.
When Francis Greenway was appointed Civil Architect by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in March 1816, he became the first government architect of New South Wales.
Artist in Residence
To celebrate our first artist in residence at The Mint, Dr Lisa Cooper, be sure to enter our #InspiredByNature competition for your chance to win a custom-made floral artwork by Dr Lisa Cooper. Entries close 6 July.
Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020
Entries are now open for the 2020 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, with a prize pool of over $10,000.
A Thousand Words exhibition
‘A picture tells a thousand words.’ This adage is the inspiration for an innovative exhibition in which the public becomes the curator with 20 new images released each month.