Edith Cowan was from a prominent family but lost her mother to childbirth when Edith was seven, then lost her father, at age fifteen, when he was executed for killing his second wife.  She grew up to help women get the vote in Australia (in 1899), and led organizations to help children and prostitutes.  At age 59, Cowan won a surprise victory over Australia's attorney general to become Australia's first female member of parliament.  Cowan advocated for working women and for sex education.

Edith Cowan worked with the Australian suffrage movement. At age Cowan won a victory over Australia's attorney general to become Australia's first female member of parliament. Cowan advocated for working women and for sex education.

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A Convict Story: interactive teaching resource - Sydney Living Museums - Historic Houses Trust of NSW

Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney. Open daily 10am - 5pm. General $10, Concession*/Child $5, Family $20**

Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, NSW, Australia part of the Australian Convicts Unesco designation - provided lodgings for convicts working in government employment around Sydney.

Vaucluse House. Wentworth Road, Vaucluse. General $8, Concession/Child $4, Family** $17. Open Friday - Sunday 11am – 4pm | Tours every hour, last tour 3pm | Open daily during NSW school holidays. VAUCLUSE HOUSE TEAROOMS: Wednesday to Friday 10am to 4.30pm; Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4:30pm.

Houses and their owners have a tendency to be reflections of one another…

Review: High Tea at the Vaucluse House Tearooms, Sydney

High Tea at the Vaucluse House Tearooms, Sydney - High Tea Society

WORLD HERITAGE – AUSTRALIAN CONVICT SITES. This exhibition at the Hyde Park Barracks celebrates the World Heritage listing of 11 places of significance from Australia’s convict past, including the barracks itself. On display at Hyde Park Barracks until 2015. Photo: 'Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area, Norfolk Island' (detail). Photograph © Robyn Ashworth, 2010.

World Heritage – Australian Convict Sites - Historic Houses Trust of NSW

The Farley family in Coorow. The first Ready Made Farm to be sold was to Capt. Phillip Farley in 1913, who migrated with his family from India to take up a holding in Coorow. By 1916 another 22 families from Western Australia, England, Scotland and India had taken up farms across Carnamah, Winchester and Coorow.

Online exhibition on the Midland Railway Company's Ready-Made Farms in Carnamah, Winchester and Coorow.

Meroogal House - beautiful historical house, can be hired for small weddings

Meroogal, Nowra NSW is built in the style of Carpenter Gothic. Side of green house set within garden behind white picket fence.

Sydney Living Museums - Sydney Living Museums - Historic Houses Trust of NSW. Family museums pass

Sydney Living Museums - Sydney Living Museums - Historic Houses Trust of NSW.

Sydney Museums Pass - Sydney Living Museums - Historic Houses Trust of NSW. Whether you’re a Sydney local or just visiting for a few days, the Sydney Museums Pass is the smartest way to experience Sydney’s past and present. Save over 50% on regular admission fees to 4 of the city’s top museums: Museum of Sydney, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Justice & Police Museum, and Susannah Place Museum. TICKETS: $18 Adult, $9 Child (Ages 5–15), $9 Concession, Free entry for children aged 4 and under

Whether you’re a Sydney local or tourist, the Sydney Museums Pass is your key to our 12 museums and historic houses.

Before the fridge, people preserved food by pickling, salting, curing, fermenting, smoking - and using the natural cool of pantries, larders and cellars. Stories from the Cellar will look at the history of food through preservation.   22 February 2014. Explore the rooms, studies and cellars of the beautiful Elizabeth Bay House, while enjoying live music from the salon and watching the sun go down.  Photograph © James Horan

Before the fridge, people preserved food by pickling, salting, curing, fermenting, smoking - and using the natural cool of pantries, larders and cellars. Stories from the Cellar will look at the history of food through preservation. 22 February 2014. Explore the rooms, studies and cellars of the beautiful Elizabeth Bay House, while enjoying live music from the salon and watching the sun go down. Photograph © James Horan

Sydney’s First Christmas Artisan Food Market - Sydney Living Museums - Historic Houses Trust of NSW

Sydney’s First Christmas Artisan Food Market - Sydney Living Museums - Historic Houses Trust of NSW

Shape and Bake- Fragrant, spicy and delicious – inhale the spices and learn the art of ginger biscuit making during this fun-filled workshop. Afterwards, explore the garden and play old fashioned games. At Vaucluse House Summer 2014. For children ages 5+ Photography@ James Horan

Shape and Bake- Fragrant, spicy and delicious – inhale the spices and learn the art of ginger biscuit making during this fun-filled workshop. Afterwards, explore the garden and play old fashioned games. At Vaucluse House Summer 2014. For children ages 5+ Photography@ James Horan

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