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

Next Open Saturday 26 July

 
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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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. ...

Crowd at Fifties Fair, Rose Seidler House 2013

Events

Winter events are hereFriday 16 May 2014

Experience Sydney’s past, present and future at our place this winter.Join us for all new talks, tours and special events, explore the history of architectural design in Sydney with our Home &...

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Public Sydney book wins awardWednesday 14 May 2014

Sydney Living Museum's book Public Sydney: drawing the city wins National Trust award.

Neville wran sitting, looking like he is being interviewed. He is in a blue suit and smiling.

 

Death of Neville Wran a sad day for SLMWednesday 23 April 2014

Rare video interview with Neville Wran and thoughts from director Mark Goggin on the critical role he played preserving some of our most significant sites

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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Haemanthus coccineus (Paintbrush Lily) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #haemanthuscoccineus #paintbrushlily

Haemanthus coccineus (Paintbrush Lily) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #haemanthuscoccineus #paintbrushlily

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You either love it or you hate it....I love it! The 'cube and ball' Bougainvillea topiary at Elizabeth Farm....don't know how old or who was responsible #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #bougainvillea #topiary

You either love it or you hate it....I love it! The 'cube and ball' Bougainvillea topiary at Elizabeth Farm....don't know how old or who was responsible #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #bougainvillea #topiary

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The lonely passionfruit of Elizabeth Farm....it even survived the school holidays without being stolen #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #passionfruit

The lonely passionfruit of Elizabeth Farm....it even survived the school holidays without being stolen #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #passionfruit

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Justicia adhatoda at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #justiciaadhatoda

Justicia adhatoda at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #justiciaadhatoda

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FIYAR! Thanks to @kimboarch for her guidance #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm @sydlivmus

FIYAR! Thanks to @kimboarch for her guidance #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm @sydlivmus

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Turns out we have a 19th Century Washer Woman in the family! #elizabethfarm #livingmuseum @sydlivmus #washing #chores #19thcentury #travellingwithkids #travel

Turns out we have a 19th Century Washer Woman in the family! #elizabethfarm #livingmuseum @sydlivmus #washing #chores #19thcentury #travellingwithkids #travel

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May I present to you the first Olive Tree planted in Australia. It still bares olives (although they are small and bitter). It's growing in the Elizsbeth House gardens in Parramatta - a hands on museum you *must* take the kids to #elizabethfarm #livingmuseum #handsonlearning #olives #history #kidbucketlist #parramatta #rosehill @sydlivmus

May I present to you the first Olive Tree planted in Australia. It still bares olives (although they are small and bitter). It's growing in the Elizsbeth House gardens in Parramatta - a hands on museum you *must* take the kids to #elizabethfarm #livingmuseum #handsonlearning #olives #history #kidbucketlist #parramatta #rosehill @sydlivmus

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My modern boy has found enjoyment in old fashioned playground games. His favourite would be quoits or the hoop & stick. #playgroundgames #hoop #travel #travellingwithkids #livingmuseum #elizabethfarm @sydlivmus

My modern boy has found enjoyment in old fashioned playground games. His favourite would be quoits or the hoop & stick. #playgroundgames #hoop #travel #travellingwithkids #livingmuseum #elizabethfarm @sydlivmus

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I'm wondering if you know what these two contraptions were used for. Go on, guess! #livingmuseum #backintime #travellingwithkids #travel #elizabethfarm @sydlivmus

I'm wondering if you know what these two contraptions were used for. Go on, guess! #livingmuseum #backintime #travellingwithkids #travel #elizabethfarm @sydlivmus

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Kidz @sydlivmus #ElizabethFarm

Kidz @sydlivmus #ElizabethFarm

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