From the wealthy opulent life style of Vaucluse House, our next visit was Susannah Place Museum. In the heart of the Rocks, Sydney’s oldest neighborhood, these homes were built by Irish immigrants in 1844. Hundreds of poor working class folk lived in these tiny homes.
The tour starts at the Corner Shop which in itself is fascinating. It has been recreated from oral history and the curators created, successfully I think, what a typical Corner Shop must have been like. It is here where we met our guide who introduced us to the four homes that have been preserved.
Our guide was even able to give us the names of the four families who lived here. The interior of each home has been created to portray how working class families lived between the years 1844 to 1990.
In each modest home I felt like a guest. We were invited to sit on the settee normally in the parlour, perused photographs, shown around the home including the toilet and laundry outside.
Stories of each family were shared and pictures in my mind became vivid and real.