Listen to the soundtrack from the past exhibition Songs of Home.

Listen to the soundtracks

These audio files were part of the exhibition soundtrack for the past exhibition 'Songs of home’ at Museum of Sydney from 10 August to 17 November 2019. The exhibition told the little-known story of music played and enjoyed in NSW during the first 70 years of the colony.

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Owner bound volume of assorted songs, in the collection of Rouse Hill House & Farm, 1850-1864. [music]

‘Home! Sweet Home!’

It may come as a surprise that the expression ‘home, sweet home’ originates from a song title


'Australian Flowers'

Given that much of the music played in Australia in the 19th century had been imported, one might ask what constituted an ‘Australian’ piece of music?  

Projector and slides.

1960s psychedelia at Rouse Hill House

In a short experimental period of music making, the talented young John Terry combined radical musical ideas with abstract imagery and the soundscape of Rouse Hill House

Portrait of a man with a white beard
On This Day

30 Nov 1878 - 'Advance Australia Fair' first performed

On 30 November 1878 Advance Australia Fair was performed for the first time.