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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My recent visit to elizabeth farm, it was beautiful and fascinating! I love my degree! #museumstudies #museums #sydneyliving museums #parramatta #elizabethfarm

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A place in the sun on a chilly morn. #canechair #frenchdoors #georgianhouse #castironlace #sandstoneflagging #victoriangarden #easternaspect #elizabethfarm #rosehill #parramatta #sydlivmus

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A sweep of #chinmeys ? #elizabethfarm #rosehill #harrispark#parramatta #sydlivmus

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#elizabethfarm #vintage #sydney#livingmuseum #oldhouse#photographer

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Had some scrumptious scones at lunch today at Elizabeth Farm #scones #elizabethfarm #mothersgroup #motherhood #motherhoodthroughinstagram the scones at Bygones are too far and these were fluffy, soft and warm inside 😍 best thing it's only a 10 min drive from home #ilovescones

Had some scrumptious scones at lunch today at Elizabeth Farm #scones #elizabethfarm #mothersgroup #motherhood #motherhoodthroughinstagram the scones at Bygones are too far and these were fluffy, soft and warm inside 😍 best thing it's only a 10 min drive from home #ilovescones

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I really love hydrophobic leaves like these ones on the nasturtiums. Fascinating. #elizabethfarm #hydrophobic #nasturtium

I really love hydrophobic leaves like these ones on the nasturtiums. Fascinating. #elizabethfarm #hydrophobic #nasturtium

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#sprinkler #palisadefence #cactus #dryweather #fountain #sunflare #elizabethfarm #rosehill #harrispark #parramatta #sydlivmus

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The Latest At Elizabeth Farm

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Children & Family

Winter holiday funFriday 24 June 2016

Book the kids in for a winter adventure at our place these school holidays. There’s a heap to see and do, and with extended trading hours at many of our properties, much more time to do it.

New online

Mr Butler: The Macarthurs' ButlerTuesday 14 June 2016

If you’re a fan of the crime-fighting character ‘Miss Fisher’ you’ll know that one of the characters is named with his profession – ‘Mr Butler’. But did you know that at Elizabeth Farm there actually was a butler named Butler?

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Regency cheesecakesThursday 28 April 2016

Eel Festival

Events

Inaugural Eel Festival at Elizabeth FarmMonday 4 April 2016

Sydney Living Museums’ inaugural 2016 Eel Festival is a celebration of the namesake of Parramatta - the eel, and the story of Country, migration and gatherings associated with it. On Friday...

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.