Elizabeth Farm
Elizabeth Farm. Photograph © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Next Open Saturday 04 April

 
10.30AM - 3.30PM
  • Cafe
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Entry

Adult $8

Child (under 15) / Concession $4

Family (two adults + two children) $17

Members free

Address

70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142

Phone

+61 2 9635 9488
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In 1810 John Macarthur wrote to his wife Elizabeth: ‘I am perfectly aware, my beloved wife, of the difficulties you have to contend with.’ The comment was by no account an understatement.

Detail of a painting of Elizabeth Farm from a distance. Romanticised painting of Elizabeth Farm by Joseph Lycett. This was based on sketches and his memories and painted on his return to England.

This restful homestead hides a dark and stormy past. Built for the young military couple John and Elizabeth Macarthur and their growing family, Elizabeth Farm has witnessed major events in the growth of the colony, from the toppling of governors and convict rebellion to the birth of the Australian wool industry. As the original cottage was transformed into a fine colonial bungalow, the family’s life was equally gripped with turmoil and drama. Today, set within a re-created 1830s garden, Elizabeth Farm is an ‘access all areas’ museum. There are no barriers, locked doors, delicate furnishings or untouchable ornaments. Australia’s oldest homestead is now our most hands-on ‘living’ house museum.

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Woman showing another woman the exterior of building.

Volunteers

Museum Volunteer opportunity Wednesday 18 March 2015

Do you love interacting with people? Would you love to help share our historic places with the public? We’re looking for Museum Volunteers to join our team and play a role in leading guided tours and providing great customer service.

Girl in blue top and jeans carries an Easter basket through the grounds of Elizabeth Farm

Children & Family

Autumn School Holiday Opening HoursTuesday 17 March 2015

Head to our place this Easter for an exciting school holiday program set across our houses and museums.

Two boys playing with LEGO with a large scale LEGO Sydney Tower in the background

Membership

Become a member this EasterWednesday 25 March 2015

Become a member today and help create childhood memories for tomorrow!

Children in straw hats and billowing cotton shirts standing inside open wrought iron gates in front of brick barracks building.
People in the hammocks at Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Australia Day

Australia Day 2014Friday 23 January 2015

By the early 1800s Sydney was a bustling trading port. Keen to stake a claim in the developing trade with China, in 1808 John Macarthur sent his nephew Hannibal to Canton with a cargo of sandalwood, hoping to bankroll the import of valuable Chinese goods to Sydney.

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It's sunny now :-) #Elizabethfarm #discoverslm #roots #vintage #botanical

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The gardens of Elizabeth Farm looking stunning in the Sydney sunshine.

Today's #museumweek theme explores the architectural heritage and gardens of our museums. 
Share yours today with #ArchitectureMW

Photo © Stuart Miller and Haley Richardson. 
#SLMgardens #DiscoverSLM #iLoveSydney #ElizabethFarm

The gardens of Elizabeth Farm looking stunning in the Sydney sunshine. Today's #museumweek theme explores the architectural heritage and gardens of our museums. Share yours today with #ArchitectureMW Photo © Stuart Miller and Haley Richardson. #SLMgardens #DiscoverSLM #iLoveSydney #ElizabethFarm

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Local history day #elizabethfarm #nsw #rosehill

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