Elizabeth Farm
Elizabeth Farm. Photo © Haley Richardson and Stuart Miller for Sydney Living Museums

Next Open Saturday 08 August

 
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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Girl hanging up washing with garden greenery in background

School holidays

Family friendly toursMonday 29 June 2015

Bring the family to visit our historic houses museums these school holidays and join in special children & family tours – for FREE with museum entry.

A colonial landscape painting showing grassy paddocks and a river with large overhanging trees in the foreground and a woman and two young children. In the background, perched on a small hill is a single storey farmhouse facing back across the fields.

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Growing up on Elizabeth FarmMonday 15 June 2015

The Macarthur children of Elizabeth Farm had fields, gardens and muddy riverbanks to explore. They had a large farm house to run around with cool verandahs, eerie cellars and curious nooks and crannies.

Children in convict garb look at a display at the Hyde Park Barracks Museums

Children & Family

Winter holiday opening hoursTuesday 9 June 2015

Book the kids in for a winter adventure at our place these school holidays. There’s a heap to see and do, and with extended trading hours at many of our properties, much more time to do it.

Wild bee hive inside natural opening of a tree

Elizabeth Farm

Saving bees at Elizabeth FarmFriday 8 May 2015

The team at Elizabeth Farm recently tried to save a beehive nestled into a tree that had to be removed.Unfortunately things didn't go quite as planned...

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

Membership

Become a member this EasterWednesday 25 March 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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