31 July 2015
Most weekends we try to go on a date or do something fun and different. One Saturday you would have found us near Sydney Harbor at Susannah Place. It is a row of townhouses that have been saved and turned into a mini museum showing life for the Irish immigrant in the 1840’s. They were laborers, each working hard in their new country. Today, The Rocks is a classy high-end neighborhood. Then, it was home to the working class. Each home has 2 rooms downstairs and 2 rooms up a narrow, steep staircase. In back is the laundry and outhouse. Unlike some museums, they are not restored, but are left so we can see the layers of paint and the different wallpapers and the construction of the ceiling and walls.
The curators have researched and obtained oral histories and pictures from the children who lived there, so the rooms came alive as we learned of the families that occupied them. Our guide showed us pictures of the individuals on his iPad. Period furniture was place right where former occupants remembered them standing. Dave recognized the coin operated gas heater in one of the parlors. He had one in a flat on his mission in London. I recognized a wire basket with edges that fold up similar to one Mom had. One parlor was restored to the shop it once was. We saw lace curtains, oilcloth flooring, a still working icebox, horsehair mattresses, mosquito netting, radio in a massive wooden case, and clock that never worked on the mantle. We were not allowed any interior photos, but here a few from front and back.
When we arrived, we first saw a bride and groom and their photographer. The guide told us Susannah place is a very popular place for wedding photos!