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.
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.
Charles Beresford Cairnes was one of a number of members of the extended Rouse family who served with British rather than Australian forces during World War I.
At the end of October 1915 Kathleen Rouse farewelled family friend Jack Tyson, who was off to Melbourne to enlist. The grazier had agisted stock from his property near Hay on George Terry’s Box Hill during the drought, and was a frequent visitor to both Rouse Hill and Box Hill.
Deeply affected by the news of the death of her fiancé, Norman Pearce, in August 1916 Kathleen Rouse embarked for England on the Tainui with her friend Jill Louche to join the war effort.
This photograph of Lewis Tod Solomons, known as Tod, was found in an album owned by Alice Rouse, nee Hayle (1846–1919), wife of William Charles Rouse, which also contains a photograph of his father. The Rouses had a home in North Sydney near the Solomons family.
Clive Collingwood Dangar was born on 12 January 1882 at Baroona, near Singleton, NSW, the youngest son of Albert Augustus Dangar (1840–1913) and Mary Phoebe, nee Rouse (1847–1931), and a great-grandson of Richard and Elizabeth Rouse of Rouse Hill House.