Unlocked Summer Edition 2014
Here at Sydney Living Museums we are passionate about discovering the hidden histories of 12 historic houses and museums. Objects lost below the floorboards, a coat of paint or even a mark on a wall can potentially tell us so much about the everyday lives of people who called our places home long ago.
These stories are shared in Unlocked, our new quarterly magazine. Within each edition, tales from inside our homes and gardens will be told by staff throughout our organisation.
In our latest issue we visit our exhibition Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO bricks, get a behind-the-scenes look at curatorial work on our homes and museums in a continuation of our If These Walls Could Talk series, and see works from the 2014 Meroogal Women's Art Prize.
These are just some of the great articles on offer, so jump right in and read the stories of your city.
From our director
In this issue curator Scott Hill turns to the arcade at Rouse Hill House & Farm, describing recent conservation works to the area and exploring its use as a place of entertainment and celebration in the 1890s and early 1900s. Ed Washington from our programs team tells the important and poignant story of six Sydney Mint workers who enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force during World War I. We also take a look at our exhibition Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks, at the Museum of Sydney, which comprises hundreds of thousands of colourful LEGO bricks. Also in this issue you can see a selection of the innovative and imaginative works created by women artists across NSW for the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize.
Throsby Park: back in the family
Following a four-month tender process, Mr Tim Throsby has been awarded the lease of Throsby Park historic house and rural estate.
Mr Throsby, a direct descendant of pioneer settler Dr Charles Throsby (1777–1828), will share in the ongoing stewardship of the property, which includes the main homestead (c1834), Throsby Cottage (c1821), outhouses, stables (once Del Throsby’s famous riding school), extensive gardens and 75 hectares of grounds
If these walls could talk: The Mint
Charles Miller, Frederick Sydney Hoptroff, Arthur Kilgour, Edgar Upton, Oliver Whiting, Theophilus (Theo) Bowmaker and John Gilchrist were all employees of the Royal Mint’s Sydney branch. Between 1914 and 1918 they enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and their service is remembered with an honour board that hangs in the southern stair hall of The Mint.
If these walls could talk: Rouse Hill House & Farm
On the evening of 28 April 1899 the first act of a concert held at Rouse Hill House finished with a song performed by the jovial host, Edwin Stephen Rouse (1849–1931).
Conserving the arcade
The conservation of the Rouse Hill House arcade is an ongoing process of evaluation and cautious intervention.
TOWERS OF TOMORROW WITH LEGO® BRICKS
Skyscrapers are the ‘towers of tomorrow’. They point to the future – even those built half a century ago. Piercing the sky, ever taller and more incredible, their heads in the clouds, skyscrapers hint at what is to come. They can be outlandish and ostentatious, are seldom subtle, and come in a wide range of colours, shapes and sizes.
Meroogal Women’s Art Prize exhibition 2014
This year, for the first time, the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize is being held on site at Meroogal. The artworks are woven throughout the house in an exhibition that unfolds gradually as you wander through the rooms.
A Life In Crime
Curator Nerida Campbell has got the dream job – rummaging through the grit and grime of Sydney’s criminal past to help us to come to terms with the city’s dark side.