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DEADHOUSE Tales of Sydney Morgue The Rocks Discovery Museum
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You will move around the courtyard and all three floors of this historic building and experience scenes depicting the back stories of famous crimes.

24 April to 19 May
4-8 Kendall Lane,
The Rocks (enter via Argyle Street)

Immerse yourself in some classic Australian true crime as you’re guided through an 1850s sandstone building not far from the old Deadhouse’ in Sydney Morgue and Coroner's Court in The Rocks. The first DEADHOUSE season takes you back in time to watch two of these notorious cases play out.

Background: Before 1972 the Sydney Coroner’s Court and Morgue was in lower George Street. The morgue was known as the Deadhouse. The Bone Room downstairs held boxes full of human bones from unsolved cases. Some of this building still remains.

The Leonard Lawson Case will play in weeks 1 and 3, and the Louisa Collins Case in weeks 2 and 4.

The Leonard Lawson Case (1954-72)
‘Portrait of the Artist as a Murderer’ by Robert Armstrong

Dates and times:
6pm and 7.30pm 
Thu 26 to Sat 28 April 
Wed 9 to Sat 12 May 

The Trials of Louisa Collins (1886-89)
‘A Poison Crown' by Gina Schien

Dates and times:
6pm and 7.30pm 
Wed 2 to Sat 5 May 
Wed 16 to Sat 19 May 


We advise that there are scenes which may cause distress and offend some audience members. Recommended for patrons 16+

The venue is currently inaccessible to visitors using a wheelchair due to a lift issue.  This venue also consists of a back courtyard and three floors, with narrow staircases connecting each. Access may be difficult for some. Email to check if you're uncertain of your ability to move through this venue. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.