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

Open Today

 
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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People in the hammocks at Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Australia Day

Australia Day 2014Friday 23 January 2015

New online

Rocco Fazzari draws for SLMTuesday 16 December 2014

Sydney Living Museums has commissioned artist Rocco Fazzari to create a series of fine line drawings of the twelve museums in our portfolio.

Children with chickens in outdoor setting.

New online

Vacation Care groupsSunday 7 December 2014

Sydney Living Museums now offers tailored vacation care programs at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Elizabeth Farm, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Vaucluse House, and Museum of Sydney.

Girl with hula hoop on the grounds of Elizabeth Farm, Sydney.

Events

Summer School Holiday opening 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.

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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In the kitchen at Elizabeth Farm. Apparently the cook asked the convict staff to whistle when they went to the cellar storeroom, because if you are whistling, you aren't eating... #ElizabethFarm #Parramatta #Sydney #History #HistoricHomes #StillLife #Lemon #Preserves #Kitchen #JohnMacarthur #Heritage #Colonial #VisitNSW #Farm #Vintage #Antique #NaturalLight #rustic #SydneyLivingMuseums #convicts

In the kitchen at Elizabeth Farm. Apparently the cook asked the convict staff to whistle when they went to the cellar storeroom, because if you are whistling, you aren't eating... #ElizabethFarm #Parramatta #Sydney #History #HistoricHomes #StillLife #Lemon #Preserves #Kitchen #JohnMacarthur #Heritage #Colonial #VisitNSW #Farm #Vintage #Antique #NaturalLight #rustic #SydneyLivingMuseums #convicts

3 days 20 hours
Love these wooden buckets at Elizabeth Farm. Wouldn't fancy carting water up from the river though! 
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Love these wooden buckets at Elizabeth Farm. Wouldn't fancy carting water up from the river though! #ElizabethFarm #Parramatta #Sydney #History #HistoricHomes #StillLife #JohnMacarthur #Heritage #Colonial #VisitNSW #Farm #Vintage #Antique #NaturalLight #SydneyLivingMuseums #Bucket #Buckets #wooden #Laundry #Convicts #hardwork

6 days 20 hours
I love the thought that a who's who of Australian colonial history has walked through these doors. 
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I love the thought that a who's who of Australian colonial history has walked through these doors. #ElizabethFarm #Parramatta #Sydney #History #HistoricHomes #Door #Doors #DoorKnob #JohnMacarthur #Heritage #Colonial #VisitNSW #Farm #NoFilter #Vintage #Antique #NaturalLight #Convicts #SydneyLivingMuseums

1 week 16 hours
Doorbell at Elizabeth Farm.

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Doorbell at Elizabeth Farm. #ElizabethFarm #Parramatta #Sydney #History #HistoricHomes #JohnMacarthur #Heritage #Colonial #VisitNSW #Farm #NoFilter #Vintage #Antique #NaturalLight #SydneyLivingMuseums #doorbell

1 week 1 day
Last week I visited Elizabeth Farm, Australia's oldest domestic dwelling, built by John Macarthur in 1793. Just loved the kitchen, which was a photographic dream.

#ElizabethFarm #Parramatta #Sydney #History #HistoricHomes #StillLife #Ceramics #Pottery #Kitchen #JohnMacarthur #Heritage #Colonial #VisitNSW #Farm #NoFilter #Vintage #Antique #NaturalLight #SydneyLivingMuseums

Last week I visited Elizabeth Farm, Australia's oldest domestic dwelling, built by John Macarthur in 1793. Just loved the kitchen, which was a photographic dream. #ElizabethFarm #Parramatta #Sydney #History #HistoricHomes #StillLife #Ceramics #Pottery #Kitchen #JohnMacarthur #Heritage #Colonial #VisitNSW #Farm #NoFilter #Vintage #Antique #NaturalLight #SydneyLivingMuseums

1 week 2 days
#elizabethfarm #bobochoses #bobochosesss15 #보보쇼즈

#elizabethfarm #bobochoses #bobochosesss15 #보보쇼즈

1 week 2 days
#elizabethfarm #bobochoses #bobochosesss15 #보보쇼즈

#elizabethfarm #bobochoses #bobochosesss15 #보보쇼즈

1 week 2 days
나도 만들었다, 미니 옷걸이. #elizabethfarm #SLMisfun

나도 만들었다, 미니 옷걸이. #elizabethfarm #SLMisfun

1 week 2 days
잘하진 못하지만 제일 좋아하는 만들기. #bobochoses #bobochosesss15 #보보쇼즈 #elizabethfarm #SLMisfun

잘하진 못하지만 제일 좋아하는 만들기. #bobochoses #bobochosesss15 #보보쇼즈 #elizabethfarm #SLMisfun

1 week 2 days