Welcome to Meroogal

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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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.

Latest news

Exterior of Meroogal with Jacaranda trees in bloom

 

Meroogal Women's Art Prize updateWednesday 3 June 2020

Soap carved with images.

Meroogal

Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2020 entries now openTuesday 7 April 2020

Sydney Living Museums is excited to announce that entries are now open for the 2020 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, with a prize pool of over $10,000. This year, SLM is waiving the artist entry fee to make the prize as accessible as possible at a time when support and kindness are most needed.

White picket fence surrounding house with purple flowering jacaranda.

Meroogal Womens Art Prize

People's Choice announced for Meroogal Women's Art PrizeMonday 11 March 2019

Visitors in the front yard at Meroogal

 

The art of tea, and tea as artThursday 31 January 2019