Next open Saturday 23 June

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

Cropped black and white photo of woman in mutton-chop sleeves with hands behind her head in a cane chair outdoors.

International Women's Day

Women's stories, women's livesWednesday 7 March 2018

To celebrate International Women's Day, we've brought together some of the stories of the lives of women associated with our houses, our exhibitions and our collections.

Woman speaking into microphone with another woman in background looking on.

Meroogal

Shoalhaven International Womenʼs Day Awards 2018Tuesday 27 February 2018

A free event will be held Saturday 10 March at Meroogal to honour the contribution made by women in the Shoalhaven.

Sepia toned photo of Meroogal house exterior with three figures behind fence.

Meroogal

A home of their ownThursday 8 February 2018

A young woman of the Victorian era, Tot Thorburn had suitors and male friends but chose not to marry. She enjoyed a long and happy life with her sisters at Meroogal.

Woman in gardening gear talking to two kids in garden setting.

School holidays

Summer school holiday opening hoursWednesday 6 December 2017

Children walking outside the stables block, Vaucluse House

School holidays

Spring school holiday opening hoursMonday 25 September 2017

 

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