Six generations of Rouse and Terry families occupied Rouse Hill House & Farm from its construction in the early 1800s until the late 1990s, when it opened as a museum.
Autumn is the time when families like the Rouses of Rouse Hill House & Farm preserved the last of the warmer weather’s bounty to enjoy in the months to come.
Staff at Sydney Living Museums work tirelessly to ensure that buildings and collections are lovingly cared for, and to secure their longevity.
Objects provide fascinating insights into the daily lives of the people who lived at our museums. Recent research triggered by the conservation of a spike file from the Rouse Hill House collection has uncovered some interesting information.
Nina Beatrice Terry (1875-1968) was the eldest of the two daughters of Edwin Stephen Rouse and his wife Bessie (nee Buchanan) of Rouse Hill House.
The Rouse Hill House magic lantern is a mid-19th century example of a form of image projector which dates back to the 17th century.
Colourful colonial-era stories from Sydney Living Museums properties give us a window into the central role the Hyde Park Barracks played in convicts’ lives.
Rouse Hill House contains a number of objects that reveal the close relationships between the families associated with the house and the Pearce family, particularly Norman Pearce and his fiancée, Kathleen Rouse.
Billie Child was one of the lucky ones. Although he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, he never embarked for overseas service.