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

Events

Summer School Holiday opening hoursMonday 24 November 2014

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.

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.

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

Cactus :)
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Cactus :) #landofthegiants #giantcactus #elizabethfarm #Australia

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Billbergia nutans (Friendship Plant) at Elizabeth Farm...One of the easiest bromeliads to grow #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #billbergianutans

Billbergia nutans (Friendship Plant) at Elizabeth Farm...One of the easiest bromeliads to grow #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #billbergianutans

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Cute baby squash! @anitarayner #elizabethfarm #squash #sydlivmus

Cute baby squash! @anitarayner #elizabethfarm #squash #sydlivmus

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Alpinia zerumbet (Shell Ginger) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #alpiniazerumbet

Alpinia zerumbet (Shell Ginger) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #alpiniazerumbet

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Sulphur crested cockatoo at Elizabeth Farm...looks innocent enough but branches chewed off the Macadamia tree tell a different story #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #cockatoo

Sulphur crested cockatoo at Elizabeth Farm...looks innocent enough but branches chewed off the Macadamia tree tell a different story #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #cockatoo

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#late #upload #from #last #photo #shoot #elizabethfarm #rosehill

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New writing room? #elizabethfarm #parramatta #sydneylivingmuseums

New writing room? #elizabethfarm #parramatta #sydneylivingmuseums

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Common but beautiful...Agapanthus praecox at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #agapanthus

Common but beautiful...Agapanthus praecox at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #agapanthus

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Crinum lily at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #crinum

Crinum lily at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #crinum

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Another beautiful 'weed' in the garden at Elizabeth Farm. Evening Primrose (Oenothera stricta) #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #oenothera

Another beautiful 'weed' in the garden at Elizabeth Farm. Evening Primrose (Oenothera stricta) #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #oenothera

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