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Rouse Hill House and The Rouses

Rouse Hill House and The Rouses


Revised and expanded second edition.

Rouse Hill House is unique. It is believed to be the oldest large scale house in Australia. The long association of house and family is the distinguishing feature which has allowed the survival of the 'time-capsule' rooms.

The author Caroline Rouse Thornton is a descendant of Richard Rouse, the builder of the house, and his wife, Elizabeth. She was brought up on the property, spending much of her time listening to her Grandmother's engaging but remarkably accurate accounts of times gone by. Her research has also been largely based on an extensive collection of original family documents inherited from her father, Gerald Terry. This research is viewed against the wider sweep of Australian history.

In this revised and expanded edition of Rouse Hill House and The Rouses, the Caroline Rouse Thornton throws fresh light on the history of the house and family, and the strange twists of fate which led to the preservation of the house, its furnishings and its distinctive atmosphere.

Rouse Hill House and Farm is now in the care of Sydney Living Museums (Historic Houses Trust of NSW).

Caroline Rouse Thornton
Published 2015
380 pages 
160mm x 240mm
ISBN 9780646941202

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