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

Next Open Saturday 29 November

 
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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The Latest At Elizabeth Farm

Two kids preparing food at a kitchen table spread with fresh produce.

Events

School Holiday HoursMonday 24 November 2014

Five turf care machines on lawn in front of verandah of pink building.

Gardens

Looking after our lawnsThursday 30 October 2014

Lawns are often overlooked as living breathing plants. Mostly we mow them, edge them and move on.

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Membership

Members program announcedWednesday 8 October 2014

Sydney Living Museums has unveiled a generous new membership program offering exclusive benefits across its portfolio of 12 of the most important historic houses, gardens and museums in New South Wales.

Two kids preparing food at a kitchen table spread with fresh produce.

Events

School Holiday HoursWednesday 27 August 2014

Composite image of front of barracks plus exterior shot of farm.

Education

New education programs launchMonday 4 August 2014

Two new History programs were officially launched on 14 July by the SLM education team and over 150 students and teachers have already taken part.

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.

Elizabeth Farm on Instagram

And another Chrysler Valiant !! #slm #discoverslm #elizabethfarm @sydlivmus

And another Chrysler Valiant !! #slm #discoverslm #elizabethfarm @sydlivmus

1 day 14 hours
The beautiful Chrysler Valiant from our Chrysler Car Club #slm #elizabethfarm #discoverslm @sydlivmus

The beautiful Chrysler Valiant from our Chrysler Car Club #slm #elizabethfarm #discoverslm @sydlivmus

1 day 14 hours
Last one lol, another iffy one haha 🙈 Photographer : Lakshan Kannangara 
#photoshoot #rosehill #elizabethfarm #sydney #outdoor #shoot #peach #lace #dress #tree #nature #blondie #blonde #brown #hair #balayage #tattoos #piercings #thigh #looks #huge #needs #photoshop #lol

Last one lol, another iffy one haha 🙈 Photographer : Lakshan Kannangara #photoshoot #rosehill #elizabethfarm #sydney #outdoor #shoot #peach #lace #dress #tree #nature #blondie #blonde #brown #hair #balayage #tattoos #piercings #thigh #looks #huge #needs #photoshop #lol

1 week 19 hours
Another one I don't know how I feel about lol :/ Photographer : Lakshan Kannangara 
#photoshoot #elizabethfarm #rosehill #sydney #outdoor #shoot #black #heels #gstar #jeans #tattoos #long #blonde #hair #balayage #leaning #lol #model #modelling #tattooedmodel #girlswithtattoos #ink

Another one I don't know how I feel about lol :/ Photographer : Lakshan Kannangara #photoshoot #elizabethfarm #rosehill #sydney #outdoor #shoot #black #heels #gstar #jeans #tattoos #long #blonde #hair #balayage #leaning #lol #model #modelling #tattooedmodel #girlswithtattoos #ink

1 week 20 hours
Another one from shoot, I don't know how I feel about this one lol :/ Photographer : Lakshan Kannangara

Another one from shoot, I don't know how I feel about this one lol :/ Photographer : Lakshan Kannangara

1 week 20 hours
Nature's security fence...Macartney Rose (Rosa bracteata) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #rosabracteata

Nature's security fence...Macartney Rose (Rosa bracteata) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #rosabracteata

1 week 5 days
The delightfully named Bog Sage (Salvia uliginosa) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #salviauliginosa

The delightfully named Bog Sage (Salvia uliginosa) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #salviauliginosa

2 weeks 1 day
Storm over Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm

Storm over Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm

2 weeks 5 days
Deadwooding the Cherry Laurel at Elizabeth Farm.......After! There is definitely no dead wood left.  #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #cherrylaurel

Deadwooding the Cherry Laurel at Elizabeth Farm.......After! There is definitely no dead wood left. #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #cherrylaurel

3 weeks 4 days
Deadwooding the borer infested Cherry Laurel at Elizabeth Farm.....Before! #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #cherrylaurel

Deadwooding the borer infested Cherry Laurel at Elizabeth Farm.....Before! #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #cherrylaurel

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