Elizabeth Farm
Elizabeth Farm. Photograph © Haley Richardson and Stuart Miller 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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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.

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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.

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Venues

The Colonial High Tea Series Wednesday 30 July 2014

Children with handmade hats

School holidays

Book now for school holiday funTuesday 3 June 2014

Discover hidden histories through play, craft and fun games these school holidays.Children can join ...

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

Cleaning out the Pampas Grass at Elizabeth Farm...I regretted starting this job about 5 minutes in! #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm

Cleaning out the Pampas Grass at Elizabeth Farm...I regretted starting this job about 5 minutes in! #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm

3 days 11 hours
Iris ochroleuca at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #historicgardens #irisochroleuca

Iris ochroleuca at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #historicgardens #irisochroleuca

3 days 11 hours
Photo shoot ❤️
Photographer : Lakshan Kannangara

Photo shoot ❤️ Photographer : Lakshan Kannangara

5 days 2 hours
You can't get too far before running into one of these guys at #elizabethfarm #bluetongue #discoverslm @sydlivmus

You can't get too far before running into one of these guys at #elizabethfarm #bluetongue #discoverslm @sydlivmus

1 week 18 hours
@gardeningaustraliamag Yes!.... our first Clytostoma flowers are out at Elizabeth Farm! #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #historicgardens #clytostomacallistegioides

@gardeningaustraliamag Yes!.... our first Clytostoma flowers are out at Elizabeth Farm! #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #historicgardens #clytostomacallistegioides

2 weeks 1 day
At a colonial recipe shoot in this amazing colonial kitchen at #elizabethfarm #filming #work 🎥😄

At a colonial recipe shoot in this amazing colonial kitchen at #elizabethfarm #filming #work 🎥😄

2 weeks 4 days
May in October at Elizabeth Farm (Spiraea cantoniensis) #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #historicgardens #spiraea

May in October at Elizabeth Farm (Spiraea cantoniensis) #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #historicgardens #spiraea

3 weeks 1 day
Early morning shadows cast through the hurdle fence at #elizabethfarm #colonial #sydlivmus #discoverslm #kitchengarden

Early morning shadows cast through the hurdle fence at #elizabethfarm #colonial #sydlivmus #discoverslm #kitchengarden

3 weeks 5 days
Quoits in John Macarthur's courtyard

Quoits in John Macarthur's courtyard

1 month 12 hours