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A look back at the Sydney 2000 Olympics

Do you remember when Olympic Fever hit Sydney in 2000? The Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Sydney welcomed and hosted over 11,000 athletes from 199 countries. Together with 50,000 volunteers and millions of spectators Sydney captured the attention of the world - a city of sport, festivals, arts, community, friendship and fun

A wayward prince

Investigating a possible imposter seen in a striking photo at Rouse Hill House, Dr Scott Hill uncovered a story of scandal

Billie Samuel

The first woman to cycle from Melbourne to Sydney, Billie Samuel was an inspiration to girls across the country

Wide angle image of a large crowd watching a boxing match. The crowd dresses almost all in black contrast with the white ring.
On This Day

Boxing Day 1908 Burns v Johnson

The fight was to change the history of boxing with Jack Johnson crowned the first black Heavyweight World Champion

In the cupboard, under the stairs: Meroogal and golf

Tucked away in the hall cupboard under the stairs at Meroogal is one of the house's 'unsung' gems: a set of four, hickory-shafted golf sticks

Black and white photo of greyhound on leash being held by man, whose coat and trousers are all that is visible.

Runaway Joe – a dog with many aliases 

In the late 1940s, three swindlers targeted country greyhound races with a ‘ring-in’ scam that netted them a fortune and forced officials to reassess how they verified a dog’s identity

The Wild Ones: Sydney Stadium 1908-1970

The Sydney Stadium, which stood on the corner of New South Head Road and Nield Avenue, Rushcutters Bay, was Sydney's pre-eminent boxing, wrestling and concert venue for more than 60 years

Urn shaped silver gilt cup presented to Lieutenant Colonel George Johnston, 1814

The trophy cabinet

Trophies are symbolic objects, intended for display as evidence of achievement, especially of victory in a contest of some kind

A group of men and women after the hunt, Rouse Hill, 1895

‘Here’s luck to the aniseed!’: The Sydney Hunt Club

Seen throughout Rouse Hill House are compelling reminders of how important horses were to the Rouse and Terry families