Magic Lantern show inspired by Rouse Hill House in the Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Sydney

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A magic lantern show with chromatropes, Pussy’s Road to Ruin, comic slides dissolving views

In the early 1860s the wealthy family of Rouse Hill House and Farm, situated to the north west of Sydney, New South Wales, acquired a phantasmagoria lantern, several sets of hand-painted glass slides and a music box. This show is inspired by their use of the magic lantern at the house and in the surrounding districts for the next one hundred years. It uses fifty-five magic lantern slides projected through a pair of ‘dissolving’ magic lanterns from the latter half of the nineteenth century.

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