Light shed on life before electricity

Meroogal customer services officer Nicole Ison looks forward to welcoming guests to Meroogal House’s first ever Night Light Tou

Meroogal customer services officer Nicole Ison looks forward to welcoming guests to Meroogal House’s first ever Night Light Tou

A NIGHT Light Tour at historic Meroogal House will give guests the chance to travel back in time to before the days of electricity.

Meroogal customer services officer Nicole Ison said it was the first time the house had hosted a lit tour at night.

Sydney Living Museums is running a series of Night Light Tours throughout several of its properties.

“The house will be set up as it would have been when it was originally built, through the 1880s and 1890s, through to when they got electricity toward the end of the 1920s,” Ms Ison said.

“It’s going to be quite dark, so people can experience what life was like before electricity.

“People shouldn’t expect to see everything; it’s really about the experience of the house pre-electricity.”

The house will be lit using kerosene lamps and candles, as the original inhabitants would have done.

“It’s a really experiential thing – people will use all their senses,” she said.

For Ms Ison the experience will hold an extra layer of significance.

“My grandfather, Stanley Ison, was born in the 1890s,” she said.

“He worked for the Nowra gas company in the 1920s. One of his jobs was to light the gas lamps around Nowra. They got electricity in 1927, so it was in those years just before electricity.”

Mr Ison lit the gas lamps on the old Nowra bridge and on Junction Street.

“For me it will take me back to that time. Having that family connection with the technology of the time will be a learning experience for me,” Ms Ison said.

“It will be nice to think of my grandfather at that time.”

The Night Light Tour of Meroogal House will take place on Saturday, August 2 from 6pm until 7pm.

Local cellist Karella Mitchell will add beautiful sounds to the lamp-lit house.

A supper will be included in the ticket price of $25 for adults and $20 concession or members.

Bookings are essential by phoning 1300 448 849.

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