The house, Vaucluse House (June 1909). Vaucluse House Collection, Sydney Living Museums

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A century after the honorary board of trustees voted to form Vaucluse House as a museum, we celebrate their vision and pay tribute to the role Sydney Living Museums has played in preservation, conservation and interpretation.

Watercolour painting of front of house and garden viewed from the north-east. Vaucluse, near Sydney Sept' 12 1874 by Frederick Leycester Fisher, 1874.

Vaucluse House is one of Sydney’s few 19th-century mansions still surrounded by its original gardens and wooded grounds. When the towering colonial explorer, barrister and politician William Charles Wentworth bought the house in 1827, it was a single-storey cottage in a secluded valley of partly cleared coastal scrub. In fits and starts over the next five decades, William and his wife Sarah developed Vaucluse into a large and picturesque estate. The grounds were extended and flourished to cover most of the present-day suburb of Vaucluse but the main house of the family’s dreams was left unfinished. In 1915 Vaucluse House became Australia’s first official house museum and continues to entice visitors to its lush and still secluded grounds. In 2015, Vaucluse House celebrated 100 years of being a museum

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The gardens and grounds at Vaucluse House are part of a grand and romantic vision of landscape, preserved in Sydney’s best-surviving mid-1800s estate. Discover the splendid pleasure garden, Victorian kitchen garden and idyllic natural setting on the edge of Sydney Harbour.




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Produce on table with backdrop of house and garden.


Earn Your Tucker these holidays at Vaucluse HouseTuesday 27 September 2016

The staff at Vaucluse House prepared some new activities in preparation for our school holiday program Earn Your Tucker.Visitor Interpretation Officer Harriet Donnelly practiced straining a small batch of...

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Vaucluse House wisteria bursts into bloomTuesday 13 September 2016

Staff arrived at Vaucluse House yesterday morning to find that the iconic wisteria which covers the verandah had burst into a soft and fragrant riot of mauve against the warmer tones of the house.

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Children & Family

Spring school holiday funMonday 5 September 2016


Churning the past at our house museumsWednesday 3 August 2016

Hand-operated kitchen tools such as butter churns help school students understand the hard work that once went into food preparation in the kitchens and the running of several of our house museums, including...

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A Colonial Lunch at Vaucluse House TearoomsWednesday 20 July 2016

Centenary stories

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Some of those who gathered for William Charles Wentworth’s funeral in 1873 imagined that one day the mausoleum at Vaucluse House would become a place of pilgrimage for Australians. Find out why.

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