Meroogal is a house in Nowra that was 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.

A few blocks from the town centre of Nowra, Meroogal is a rare and precious gem as it has 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 visitors into their lives, and through their private histories draws them into a shared and living past.

Location: Corner West and Worrigee streets, Nowra
Opening Hours: Open Saturdays. Open Thursday to Saturday in the school holidays from 10am to 4pm.
Admission: $12 Adult, $30 Family, Free for Children under 5 years.

You can only visit the house on a guided tour. The tours last for about an hour, starting at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, meeting at the Visitor Centre in the backyard.


Bec Morris