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

Next Open Saturday 23 August

 
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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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. ...

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 &...

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

Rainy day lorikeet #elizabethfarm #DiscoverSLM #lorikeet #cactus #garden

Rainy day lorikeet #elizabethfarm #DiscoverSLM #lorikeet #cactus #garden

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My toasty warm fire still going strong #ElizabethFarm #DiscoverSLM @sydlivmus

My toasty warm fire still going strong #ElizabethFarm #DiscoverSLM @sydlivmus

4 days 5 hours
Strawberries & cream cupcakes at #ElizabethFarm @sydlivmus #DiscoverSLM

Strawberries & cream cupcakes at #ElizabethFarm @sydlivmus #DiscoverSLM

4 days 5 hours
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HSIE group assignment excursion #elizabethfarm #lovelydayforit #thethingswedoforuni #lifeatuws #100daysofhappy #day22 #oldesteuropeanhouseinaus #100happydays

HSIE group assignment excursion #elizabethfarm #lovelydayforit #thethingswedoforuni #lifeatuws #100daysofhappy #day22 #oldesteuropeanhouseinaus #100happydays

1 week 4 days
Currently turning heads in the courtyard at #ElizabethFarm is this extraordinary flower. 
It’s a scadoxus (S. puniceus), also known as the paintbrush or snake lily. 
A native of the Cape area of South Africa, its one of many stunning bulbous and rhizomatous plants that were collectively known to colonists as the ‘Cape Bulbs’. You may have some of these in your own garden – the group includes the well-known arum lily, cliveas and agapanthus. 
Photo via Scott Hill for SLM.

Currently turning heads in the courtyard at #ElizabethFarm is this extraordinary flower. It’s a scadoxus (S. puniceus), also known as the paintbrush or snake lily. A native of the Cape area of South Africa, its one of many stunning bulbous and rhizomatous plants that were collectively known to colonists as the ‘Cape Bulbs’. You may have some of these in your own garden – the group includes the well-known arum lily, cliveas and agapanthus. Photo via Scott Hill for SLM.

2 weeks 5 days
#onourkingshit #Oldesthouseinaustralia#elizabethfarm

#onourkingshit #Oldesthouseinaustralia#elizabethfarm

3 weeks 3 days
The butlers pantry at #elizabethfarm #spode #DiscoverSLM #sydlivmus @sydlivmus

The butlers pantry at #elizabethfarm #spode #DiscoverSLM #sydlivmus @sydlivmus

3 weeks 4 days
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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