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

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Corner West and Worrigee streets, Nowra, NSW 2541


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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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Jacarandas in flower at Meroogal


Jacaranda enjoys its purple reign over NowraThursday 24 November 2016

Wooden hairbrush with actual hair for bristles on table.


Meroogal Women's Art Prize winners announcedFriday 23 September 2016

Sydney Living Museums is proud to announce the three winners of the 2016 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, now showing at Meroogal.

Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2016

Meroogal Womens Art Prize

Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2016 finalists revealedThursday 8 September 2016

This year’s exhibition features 39 works by artists from across the state. Artworks range from painting, ceramics, sculpture, video and textile works, providing a creative and thought-provoking view of Meroogal’s story and history.

Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2016

Meroogal Womens Art Prize

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize: entries now closedFriday 12 August 2016

The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize celebrates the achievements and creativity of female artists across New South Wales.

Image of a plate of golden coloured anzac biscuits

The Cook and the Curator

Anzacs in civviesThursday 21 April 2016


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