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

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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.

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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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.

Deliciously tempting cakes displayed in a high tea setting

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 ...

View from the carriageway at Elizabeth Farm

 

Winter school holiday opening hoursTuesday 3 June 2014

 Take advantage of our extended opening hours during the school holidays and explore our 12 museums and historic houses. ...

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

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Quoits in John Macarthur's courtyard

Quoits in John Macarthur's courtyard

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Melianthus major at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #historicgardens #melianthusmajor

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We did it! Officially MRS. DONNA WARD. 
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We did it! Officially MRS. DONNA WARD. #married #wedding #elizabethfarm #love

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Saturday Afternoon Fun #DiscoverSLM #ElizabethFarm @sydlivmus

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The Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) covering the yellow Oxalis in dappled spring sunlight at Elizabeth Farm. This tree is thought to have been planted around 1850, the year of Elizabeth Macarthur's death. #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #oxalis #chineseelm #ulmusparvifolia #historichouses #historicgardens #springflowers

The Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) covering the yellow Oxalis in dappled spring sunlight at Elizabeth Farm. This tree is thought to have been planted around 1850, the year of Elizabeth Macarthur's death. #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #oxalis #chineseelm #ulmusparvifolia #historichouses #historicgardens #springflowers

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