Colonial Life at Elizabeth Farm

Key Information

From $180 for up to 20 students. See below for the full cost scale.
1 hour 30 minutes
Session Offered
Monday to Friday
Maximum Students
60 per session
Teacher/Student Ratios

The student–teacher ratio is 10:1 for primary groups and 15:1 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge.

Additional Visitor Costs

Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $4


As they explore the Macarthurs’ property, which dates from 1793, students learn about the lives of the family and their convict servants and the impact of colonisation on the traditional owners of the Parramatta area.

In the dim, low-ceilinged cellar, students imagine travelling to NSW in the hold of a convict ship and use percussion instruments to evoke a storm at sea. As they are guided through the kitchen, main bedroom and drawing room, they learn about the running of the household and see 19th-century technologies in context. They visit the kitchen garden and discuss British farming methods.

The students discuss the concept of terra nullius and the effects of colonisation on the natural environment and the Burramattagal people of the Darug clan. They examine a range of historical sources and learn about traditional hunting, gathering and land management practices. In a hands-on group activity, students discover how indigenous plant specimens were used for bush food, bush medicine and technologies.

Prepare your group for a visit with an 'Excursion Introduction' listed under Resources. These introductions are suitable for teachers of children with ASD in integrated classrooms.


Up to 20 students: $180
Up to 40 students: $350
Up to 60 students: $520
Up to 80 students: $690
Up to 100 students: $825
Up to 120 students: $960
Up to 140 students: $1,030
Up to 160 students: $1,100


You can alter your booking numbers up until 7 days prior to your visit.
We will call you a week before your booking to confirm final numbers and requirements.
You will be invoiced for the full cost of your program a week prior to your booking.
Payment can be made by Credit Card, EFTPOS or cheque (payable to Historic Houses Trust of NSW).
Cancellations made within 7 days of a booking will incur the full cost for the program.
Cancellations made within 2 weeks of your visit will be invoiced for 50% of the total booking.
Cancellations must be made in writing.


This is a program for students in Stage 2 which integrates outcomes from HSIE and Creative Arts.

Stage 2 Human Society and its Environment

CCS2.1 Describes events and actions related to the British colonisation of Australia and assesses changes and consequences

CCS2.2 Explains changes in the community and family life and evaluates the effects of these on different individuals, groups and environments

ENS2.6 Describes people’s interactions with environments and identifies responsible ways of interacting with environments

Stage 2 Creative Arts

MUS2.1 Sings, plays and moves to a range of music, demonstrating a basic knowledge of musical concepts

Similar programs: Transported in Time

Related/complementary programs: Expanding the Colony; A Colonial Eye

Plan Your Visit

  • Please plan to arrive before the start time of your booked program to allow for cloaking, toilet visits and/or a refreshment break for the students. If you arrive late, some elements and activities may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
  • Large groups will be divided up into smaller groups for activities in the museums.
  • Bags, food and drinks are not permitted in the museums and cloaking facilities are provided.
  • Photography policies vary between the museums so please ask a member of staff for details.
  • Teachers and carers are required to remain with their groups at all times.
  • Disciplining students remains the responsibility of teachers and carers accompanying the group.
  • Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.

Elizabeth Farm

70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142
9635 9488 or 0478 322 109

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Elizabeth Farm

70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142
9635 9488 or 0478 322 109


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Excursion Introduction: Colonial Life at Elizabeth Farm