Learn more about Meroogal

With Meroogal currently closed to visitors, you can learn more about the house and collection through the images and links provided here.

Discover the history of the house, the people who lived there, and the collection still held within the walls of this historic property. Delve into our collections, read the stories and browse the images to gain insight and inspiration for your artwork.

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020

Sydney Living Museums is excited to announce that entries are now open for the 2020 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, with a prize pool of over $10,000.

Inside Meroogal

Piano in the drawing room. Photo © John Storey for Sydney Living Museums

Photo gallery

Explore a series of photographs taken in the 1980s, when Meroogal first became a house museum.

See all photos

Visitors at Meroogal. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Guidebook

The Meroogal guidebook is an inspirational resource containing the history of the house and the family who lived there, as well as many beautiful historical photographs.

Download the guidebook [PDF, 11.75 MB]

Meroogal, Samuel Elyard, c1885. Sydney Living Museums

Pictures Catalogue

There are 130 historical images of Meroogal, its interiors and residents available on the Sydney Living Museums Pictures Catalogue. 

Browse the catalogue

Past exhibitions

Take a look at past finalists and winners of the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize and see how the artworks look installed inside the property.

Stories from Meroogal

Read these stories to explore life in this extraordinary house and meet its residents. Subjects range from the practical, like how to make the best 'Meroogal sponge’, to heartbreaking accounts of war service and the death of a favourite great-nephew during World War I.


 

Treasures from Meroogal

This assemblage of objects has been drawn from Meroogal’s collection. The selection ranges from family jewels to favourite hats, from pieces of sheet music to children's toys. Each object has been chosen for its capacity to tell a particular story but collectively they speak of love, loss and lives lived.


 

The library at Meroogal

The original library at Meroogal has almost 400 books, magazines and other reading materials which date from the late 18th century to the mid-20th century. Many of these items are associated with former residents of the house and show evidence of their use. This collection provides information about literary interests and trends, religious and cultural influences and clues into the inner lives of the people of Meroogal. 

Browse by subject area, using the links provided below:

    Sitting room, Meroogal. Photo © John Storey for Sydney Living Museums

    Books and people

    Look at the types of books owned by some of the people connected to Meroogal:

    Find full text online

    You can use the following websites to search for full-text copies of these books: