Meroogal
Side of the house facing Worrigee Street, Meroogal, 2008 MER08_0007

Open Today

 
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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WW1 stories from our museumsThursday 20 April 2017

To mark the 1914–18 centenary of World War 1, Sydney Living Museums has developed a special mini-website exploring the wartime engagement of individual men and women associated with our historic places.

Group of women singing in garden.

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International Women's Day awards at MeroogalTuesday 28 March 2017

On 18 March 2017 we acknowledged twenty-two women of all ages, who are living in the Shoalhaven, for their contribution to community through culture, sporting groups, health, well being, heritage knowledge and preservation.

Bobby Paton (nee Terry) in fancy dress, holding a Japanese fan

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Keeping coolTuesday 24 January 2017

Shading the face, fanning a fire into a blaze or cooling food, shooing away insects, conveying social status, even passing discreet romantic messages - the use of the fan goes far beyond the creation of a breeze.

Visitors in the front yard at Meroogal

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International Women’s Day Awards Shoalhaven 2017Wednesday 21 December 2016

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

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Aunty Tot's lemon biscuitsMonday 19 December 2016

 

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