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.
Alexander (Alec or Alex) Coles Child, grandson of an old friend of Bessie Rouse, was a university student and master at Mosman Church of England Preparatory School when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in May 1916.
During World War I thousands of women joined Voluntary Aid Detachments, whose members were simply known as VADs. Many, trained in first aid and home nursing, worked in hospitals caring for sick and wounded soldiers, but others performed general domestic and clerical tasks or worked as drivers and storekeepers.
Nicole Forsyth, a professional viola player and casual lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, is currently researching the Rouse Hill House & Farm sheet music collection for her PhD.
Peter Chia, CEO of Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural & Education Centre, provides insights into his ambitions for the organisation and its association with Sydney Living Museums.
Do you keep your receipts from your purchases? For a new outfit? The weekly grocery shopping? Repairs to a pair of shoes? Perhaps tucked into your wallet or purse, in a shoebox, under the bed? Easily thrown away or lost, have you ever considered what a record they are of your everyday life?
Two recent conservation projects at Rouse Hill House & Farm and Vaucluse House demonstrate the complex factors to consider when working with heritage buildings.
In the drawing room at Rouse Hill your eye is instantly drawn to a small painting on the far wall; a figure of an angel in a shining gilt frame, originally acquired by Hannah Rouse in the 1870s.
No chemicals, nothing abrasive, just some elbow grease, an eye for detail, and steady hands.