Next open Thursday 19 July

10am–4pm
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Entry

Adult  | $12 
Concession  | $8 
Family  | $30 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 5 years  | Free of charge

Address

Corner West and Worrigee streets, Nowra, NSW 2541

Phone

+612 4421 8150
Meroogal

Some houses are immediately friendly and inviting. Meroogal is such a house. Handed down through four generations of women from one local family, it tells a multitude of stories about the ‘Roogal’ women and the south-coast community in which they lived.

Family group portrait. Thorburn family at Meroogal, 13 January 1891.

A few blocks from the town centre of Nowra on NSW’s south coast, Meroogal is a rare and precious gem. Barely changed since it was built in the 1880s, the distinctive ‘Carpenter Gothic’ house has been loved and maintained by four generations of Thorburn and Macgregor women through the pleasures and labours of daily life. The house still overflows with their belongings – favourite books and ornaments, furniture, photographs, diaries and journals, newspaper clippings, receipts and recipes, appliances and clothes – and the garden, although reduced from its original size, still provides fruits and fresh produce that hint at their self-sufficiency and hospitality. Meroogal invites us into their lives, and through their private histories draws us into a shared and living past.

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The family were avid entertainers, hosting ‘at home’ tea parties each month for family and friends, and took great pride in their homegrown produce and homemade treats. Click here to see some of the much-loved heirloom recipes from Meroogal.

The latest at Meroogal

Promo image for school holiday programs with kids dressed in warm gear in outdoor setting.

School holidays

Winter School Holidays 2018: opening hoursTuesday 12 June 2018

To make the most of these holidays we’ve extended our trading hours, with many of our properties now opening for the entire school holiday period.

Visitors in the front yard at Meroogal

Meroogal

International Women’s Day Awards Shoalhaven 2018Friday 22 December 2017

The everyday achievements of women in the Shoalhaven are at the heart of what makes Meroogal a fascinating house museum.

Child feeding animal over wooden fence.

School holidays

Autumn School Holidays 2018: opening hoursMonday 19 March 2018

Jacarandas in flower at Meroogal

Meroogal

Announcing the winners: Shoalhaven IWD 2018 AwardsMonday 12 March 2018

On Saturday 10 March 2018, 220 people celebrated the presentation of the Shoalhaven International Women’s Day 2018 awards at Meroogal.Sydney Living Museums' Nicole Ison, who organised the awards with...

 

Promo banner for Cook and Curator blog. Curator Scott Hill and 'cook' Jacqui Newling stand outside meroogal.