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

Next Open Saturday 30 May

 
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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Wild bee hive inside natural opening of a tree

Elizabeth Farm

Saving bees at Elizabeth FarmFriday 8 May 2015

The team at Elizabeth Farm recently tried to save a beehive nestled into a tree that had to be removed.Unfortunately things didn't go quite as planned...

Two boys playing with LEGO with a large scale LEGO Sydney Tower in the background

Membership

Become a member this EasterWednesday 25 March 2015

Become a member today and help create childhood memories for tomorrow!

Girl in blue top and jeans carries an Easter basket through the grounds of Elizabeth Farm

Children & Family

Autumn School Holiday Opening HoursTuesday 17 March 2015

Head to our place this Easter for an exciting school holiday program set across our houses and museums.

Children in straw hats and billowing cotton shirts standing inside open wrought iron gates in front of brick barracks building.
People in the hammocks at Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Australia Day

Australia Day 2014Friday 23 January 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.

Elizabeth Farm on Instagram

Camellia japonica Aspasia Macarthur at Elizabeth Farm #elizabethfarm #SLMgardens @sydlivmus

Camellia japonica Aspasia Macarthur at Elizabeth Farm #elizabethfarm #SLMgardens @sydlivmus

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2 days 52 min
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#rabbits spotted at #elizabethfarm

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1 week 3 days
Quill and writing paper on a table at #ElizabethFarm. 
We’re open from 10.30am tomorrow serving hot tea & delicious homemade scones. -----------------------------------------------
Photo © Stuart  Miller and Haley Richardson #DiscoverSLM

Quill and writing paper on a table at #ElizabethFarm. We’re open from 10.30am tomorrow serving hot tea & delicious homemade scones. ----------------------------------------------- Photo © Stuart Miller and Haley Richardson #DiscoverSLM

1 week 4 days
The National Trust Heritage Festival is running throughout May. Take part in activities and explore local historical sites in Western Sydney like Elizabeth Farm. 
Pic via @ceeceethatsme #elizabethfarm #explore #heritage #festival #seesydney #visitsydney #parramatta #westernsydney #whatson #repost #experience

The National Trust Heritage Festival is running throughout May. Take part in activities and explore local historical sites in Western Sydney like Elizabeth Farm. Pic via @ceeceethatsme #elizabethfarm #explore #heritage #festival #seesydney #visitsydney #parramatta #westernsydney #whatson #repost #experience

3 weeks 1 day
Yes..I know..a weed..but look at it! Cortaderia selloana at Elizabeth Farm #elizabethfarm #SLMgardens @sydlivmus

Yes..I know..a weed..but look at it! Cortaderia selloana at Elizabeth Farm #elizabethfarm #SLMgardens @sydlivmus

3 weeks 5 days
Billbergia pyramidalis at Elizabeth Farm #elizabethfarm #SLMgardens #billbergia @sydlivmus

Billbergia pyramidalis at Elizabeth Farm #elizabethfarm #SLMgardens #billbergia @sydlivmus

4 weeks 7 hours
Joined Parramatta's Heritage Ride today and learnt more about Parramatta's history. The ride took 3.5 hours and took us through Parramatta Park, the Cumberland Hospital, along Parramatta River, past Elizabeth Farm, Experiment Farm, had morning tea and undertook a tour at Hambledon Cottage, visited Centenary Square and then concluded at St John's Cemetery. Thoroughly recommend the ride! For more information, go to www.parramattaheritagerides.net #parramatta #discoverparramatta #history #heritage #experimentfarm #elizabethfarm #hambledoncottage #centenarysquare #stjohnscathedral #cemetery #bikes #parramattariver #parramattapark

Joined Parramatta's Heritage Ride today and learnt more about Parramatta's history. The ride took 3.5 hours and took us through Parramatta Park, the Cumberland Hospital, along Parramatta River, past Elizabeth Farm, Experiment Farm, had morning tea and undertook a tour at Hambledon Cottage, visited Centenary Square and then concluded at St John's Cemetery. Thoroughly recommend the ride! For more information, go to www.parramattaheritagerides.net #parramatta #discoverparramatta #history #heritage #experimentfarm #elizabethfarm #hambledoncottage #centenarysquare #stjohnscathedral #cemetery #bikes #parramattariver #parramattapark

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