Susannah Place

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Susannah Place

Susannah Place
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The working class did it tough in Sydney in the 19th Century. View the laundry copper, backyard dunny, worn lino, tiny kitchens and crowded living quarters when you visit this rare surviving example of a working class terrace. Then stock up on sweets in the old corner shop. Open daily 2pm-5pm. Museum access is by guided tour only. Tours can be pre-booked by phone or tickets are available for purchase online. Adult $8. Concession $4, Family $17. Sydney Living Museums members free. Closed Christmas Day.
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Neighbourhood: The Rocks
The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighbourhood in the city, the area's cobblestone streets host more than 100 heritage sites and buildings, including the oldest house in Sydney, Camden Cottage, which was built in 1816. Taste a “midi “ or a “schooner” of beer and dine “al fresco” on the waterfront at some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The weekend markets at the Rocks are where you can find local artists' hand-made souvenirs, organic food and designer jewelry in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To enjoy some of the best Australian and international contemporary art, the MCA museum is open every day and select evenings. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, be sure to save energy to dance the night away at the area's many late night entertainment venues.
How to get there
  • Circular Quay • 5 min walk
  • Wynyard • 9 min walk
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom6,324 contributions
Feb. 2022
Disappointingly, this small museum was shut, with a sign saying that it was temporarily closed until further notice. The rating is low only because there was no other information and even online, I couldn’t find any re-opening date.
The website indicates that it was due to co-vid restrictions but other museums have all since re-opened.
It’s a unique little museum in the historic Rocks of Sydney. What makes it special, is that it’s housed in an early colonial building (1844) which incredibly, has barely changed. It’s almost like time travel.
The building held a corner grocery store and 4 working class terraces. Over the years, somehow, the it managed to escape demolition and miraculously, all the original features, including bathrooms, laundries with coppers, and tiny kitchens were never ripped out or gutted. What you get here is a very clear picture of life in the 19th century colony.
However there is little to see from the outside.
As you’d expect from 19th century workers cottages, the building is simple and unadorned.
At the front is an inscription which reads 'Susannah Place Anno Domini 1844’ and a small display of vintage tins and chinaware is in one window but you can’t even peer into any windows.
The building is cut into the bedrock of the sloping site. A set of stairs runs down the side which means you can see 3 sides of the building.
The building itself is mainly colonial bond brickwork. Some of the window sills are dressed sandstone, although most are timber. At the back, there is a dodgy looking wooden addition, built in simpler times when there was no need for Council DA or approval and you could just whack up whatever you liked.
NOTE: Across the road, you can visit The Big Dig, which is an open archaeological excavation of some 30 convict homes and businesses (see separate review). Only a small part is open for display but it is free and the public can wander through (see separate review).
Written 26 March 2022
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400lynn
Brighton, UK47 contributions
Feb. 2020
Excellent guide gave us an interesting insight into years gone by in Sydney. Although there are many houses like this in the UK, I was surprised how many Victorian buildings still exist in Sydney. My great great grandfather came here in the 1880s, and this tour brought to life what he must have experienced.
Written 3 September 2020
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Bjorn Hansen
Adelaide, Australia42 contributions
Jan. 2020
The 4 Victorian terraced properties have not been restored since the last tenants left in 1990,it would be god if the local council could invest in their cities Heritage.
Written 4 May 2020
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Perry B
Hong Kong, China2,325 contributions
Oct. 2019
These historic Terrace House properties are well worth visiting; they are such an important time capsule. They are a fabulous slice of life from past times are are just fascinating in their humble, low-ceilinged way.
Written 1 May 2020
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Isabella L
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May 2019
We LOVE this place! Every time we head down to Sydney we go. When you first walk-in the interior is done up like an old corner shop selling vintage sweets and other vintage knick knacks. The tour guides really know their stuff! And although I was rather young on my previous visits the tour guides made sure to make the tour interactive for me. Not only does this tour give a more broad history of Sydney and the social normalities in various eras but a detailed and first hand account of the families that lived there,
Written 11 April 2020
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Joan F
Seattle, WA64 contributions
Jan. 2020
This is a nice trip back in time to visit the occupants of this working class building from the early days of Sydney. The docent are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
Written 13 February 2020
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StepandMel
Melbourne, Australia66 contributions
Jan. 2020
We turned up just before 3pm and took a one hour tour of this house museum with a guide who told very personalised stories about the family who built, and those who inhabited this row of historic houses which thankfully survived being demolished. The houses are left untouched since they were vacated and the delapidated state adds to the charm. Her knowledge of the house and family, and passion for the property and it's cultural value was very clear. We were encouraged to experience the house, made to feel at home and it was just lovely. The people that work here clearly know the house and care about it. Travelling through the houses and rooms, felt a bit like time travel and we really enjoyed it. The little shop at the front provides a sweet nod to the original business run by the family here and we picked up some boiled sweets and kitchen nostalgia. A great tour for those interested in the history of the Rocks.
Written 6 January 2020
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GaryandLesleyTravel
Auckland Central, New Zealand4,976 contributions
Dec. 2019 • Couples
Booked this guided tour to explore the interior of this 1844 Terrace. Do nice to see so much of the original homes have been retained and not restored. Sally our guide gave us the wonderful history of who had life’s in these homes and when.
Really worth the time, thank you.
Open daily 2 - 5pm. The 50 min tours depart every 30 mins with last departure at 4pm.
Written 27 December 2019
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Peter M
Madrid9 contributions
Oct. 2019
Was closed when first walking past these house but a man stopped us and said it was well worth coming back when open Glad we did as it was very interesting and great to see that the people behind the building of the street came from Ireland
Written 9 December 2019
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sunnyseeker3
Great Missenden, UK12 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Couples
Great guide who was very informative and clearly interested as he didn’t read from a script.
Well worth a visit.
Written 30 November 2019
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Susannah Place is open:
  • Sun - Sat 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm