Make yourself at home

Loved and maintained by four generations of women from one local family, Meroogal has barely changed since it was built in the 1880s. The house still overflows with their favourite belongings, and the garden with fruit and produce that hint at their self-sufficiency and hospitality. Books and ornaments, furniture, photographs, diaries and journals, clippings, recipes and receipts – all tell a multitude of stories about the pleasures and labours of daily life, the ‘Roogal’ women and the south-coast community in which they lived. It’s also home to the biannual Meroogal Women’s Art Prize.

Stories from Meroogal

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Image of the Meroogal homestead on a sunny day.

Make yourself at home

Meroogal became home to four generations of resilient and resourceful women, whose house was their livelihood as well as their home

Learning programs

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Benchtop and cupboards below curtained windows in older style kitchen.

Meroogal student tours

Tours are available at Meroogal for students in Stages 4, 5 & 6, exploring aspects of the collection relating to food technologies, textiles technologies and Industrial technologies – timber

Water pump at the back of the house, Meroogal

Then and now: playing with the past

Students investigate how home life has been changed by the domestic and leisure technologies introduced since the late 19th century as they explore Meroogal, built in 1886

Conservation in action: Meroogal exterior painting

We're working with specialist painters to restore damage and prevent further deterioration to the building

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2023 Annual Appeal

Help us preserve our past. All funds raised will allow us to accelerate our work to digitise the significant collections in our care.

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