Elizabeth Farm
Elizabeth Farm, Photograph (c) Haley Richardson and Stuart Miller, Historic Houses Trust of NSW  Elizabeth Farm, Photograph (c) Haley Richardson and Stuart Miller, Historic Houses Trust of NSW

Open Today

 
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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Family walking in the gardens past the Eastern Verandah at Elizabeth Farm

School holidays

Autumn School holiday opening hours

Most Sydney Living Museums sites are open daily during school holidays, and some offer extended opening hours during school holidays:

Female visitor services staff member dressed in period costume of servant, facing tour group while standing in garden bed.

Elizabeth Farm

Elizabeth Farm open day

Sydney Living Museums threw open the doors of Elizabeth Farm for a free open day on Saturday 2 November. Over 500 visitors took the opportunity to visit the site and to learn more about the hidden stories of Elizabeth Farm.

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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Justicia carnea (Brazilian Plume Flower) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #justiciacarnea

Justicia carnea (Brazilian Plume Flower) at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #justiciacarnea

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Beautiful Hibiscus rosa-sinensis at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #hibiscus

Beautiful Hibiscus rosa-sinensis at Elizabeth Farm #sydlivmus #elizabethfarm #hibiscus

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My little investigative reporter. #loveslearning #elizabethfarm #schoolproject

My little investigative reporter. #loveslearning #elizabethfarm #schoolproject

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This girl makes me genuinely laugh every day #upsidedownpaper #elizabethfarm #australianhistory #colonialaustralia

This girl makes me genuinely laugh every day #upsidedownpaper #elizabethfarm #australianhistory #colonialaustralia

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Vintage kitchen at Elizabeth farm #vintage #old #kitchen #heritage #livingmuseum #elizabethfarm

Vintage kitchen at Elizabeth farm #vintage #old #kitchen #heritage #livingmuseum #elizabethfarm

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Peek-a-boo #elizabethfarm #oaktreecourtyard #sydlivmus #igetpaidtobehere

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Autumn afternoon. Sunlight through the leaves. #elizabethfarm #oaktreecourtyard #sydlivmus #igetpaidtobehere

Autumn afternoon. Sunlight through the leaves. #elizabethfarm #oaktreecourtyard #sydlivmus #igetpaidtobehere

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Baby bluetongue at Elizabeth Farm #elizabethfarm #sydlivmus #bluetonguelizard

Baby bluetongue at Elizabeth Farm #elizabethfarm #sydlivmus #bluetonguelizard

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Baby bluetongue at Elizabeth Farm #elizabethfarm #sydlivmus #bluetonguelizard

Baby bluetongue at Elizabeth Farm #elizabethfarm #sydlivmus #bluetonguelizard

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Brugmansia arborea aka Angel's Trumpet....squeezing out a record number of flowers at Elizabeth Farm. #elizabethfarm #sydlivmus #brugmansia

Brugmansia arborea aka Angel's Trumpet....squeezing out a record number of flowers at Elizabeth Farm. #elizabethfarm #sydlivmus #brugmansia

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