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

Open Today

 
10AM - 4PM
  • 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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Secret Garden #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #garden

Secret Garden #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #garden

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#sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #garden

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Crepe myrtle looking fab #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #garden

Crepe myrtle looking fab #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #garden

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The Crepe Myrtle is just about to peak at Elizabeth Farm this week #SLMgardens @sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #lagerstroemiaindica #crepemyrtle

The Crepe Myrtle is just about to peak at Elizabeth Farm this week #SLMgardens @sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #lagerstroemiaindica #crepemyrtle

1 week 19 hours
I love the yellow Canna Lily at Elizabeth Farm...it's always up to something photogenic #SLMgardens @sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #cannalily

I love the yellow Canna Lily at Elizabeth Farm...it's always up to something photogenic #SLMgardens @sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #cannalily

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A beautiful staff orientation day at #ElizabethFarm @sydlivmus

A beautiful staff orientation day at #ElizabethFarm @sydlivmus

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Spending the day at #elizabethfarm today, enjoying the lush garden

Spending the day at #elizabethfarm today, enjoying the lush garden

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Don't dismiss the Oleander as common or boring...look at this gorgeous double bloom at Elizabeth Farm #SLMgardens @sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #neriumoleander

Don't dismiss the Oleander as common or boring...look at this gorgeous double bloom at Elizabeth Farm #SLMgardens @sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #neriumoleander

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Cleaning day at #Elizabethfarm #blue #willowpattern #cleaning #conservation #museums #parramatta

Cleaning day at #Elizabethfarm #blue #willowpattern #cleaning #conservation #museums #parramatta

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Exterior wall, oak tree courtyard at Elizabeth Farm. 
Australia’s oldest homestead is full of fascinating nooks and crannies to explore. The re-created 1830s garden is full of life and bristling with adventure. A truly ‘living’ museum. 
http://slm.is/elizabethfarm 
Photograph © Haley Richardson and Stuart Miller for SLM. 
#SLMgardens #ElizabethFarm #SydneyLocal #discoverparramatta

Exterior wall, oak tree courtyard at Elizabeth Farm. Australia’s oldest homestead is full of fascinating nooks and crannies to explore. The re-created 1830s garden is full of life and bristling with adventure. A truly ‘living’ museum. http://slm.is/elizabethfarm Photograph © Haley Richardson and Stuart Miller for SLM. #SLMgardens #ElizabethFarm #SydneyLocal #discoverparramatta

1 week 4 days

The Latest At Elizabeth Farm

	Family washing and hanging clothes in the Oak Tree Court at Elizabeth Farm

 

Celebrate Australia DayMonday 4 January 2016

Handpainted image of wildflowers - red and purple.

Christmas

Season's greetingsThursday 24 December 2015

Woman stands in a garden surrounded by tall shrubbery

Children & Family

Summer holiday opening hoursThursday 17 December 2015

Family fun these school holidays

School holidays

Summer holiday funThursday 19 November 2015

Eat your history – the book!

The Cook and the Curator

Eat your history – the book!Thursday 5 November 2015

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.