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Published January 18th 2010
Why not step into a piece of Sydney history and visit the Susannah Place Museum at the Rocks, part of the Historic Houses Trust.
Built in 1844, Susannah Place is a terrace of four houses; English in design, including a corner shop which has been re-created in a 1915's style which sells goods from that era.
This historic terrace was home to over 100 families for over 150 years, the first being Edward Riley, his wife Mary and their niece Susannah Sterne (the terrace possibly named after her), who arrived from Ireland in 1838 aboard the Amelia Thompson and the last occupants being Ellen and Dennis Marshall who finally vacated number 62 in 1990. Number 62 is now occupied by a caretaker.
Each house, originally built with 6 rooms over 3 levels including a kitchen in the basement, is a testament to life in Susannah Place throughout its history and offers visitors guided tours and recreated interiors from different periods. It's well worth a visit if you'd like an insight into 19th Century inner-city working class life in Sydney.
Becoming a member of the Historic Houses Trust allows visitors entry into their 12 museums including Elizabeth farm, Elizabeth Bay House, Hyde Park Barracks Museum and Vancluse House with the added benefit of discounts to all Historic Houses Trust event.
Membership costs per annum are as follows:-