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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Set within a once secluded valley on the edge of Sydney Harbour, Vaucluse House and its rambling garden estate are one of Sydney’s most picturesque harbourside attractions, with a history that tells one of the great family sagas of this city.




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Volunteer GardenerFriday 12 February 2016

Artist and musician Genevieve Lacey playing the flute on the verandah of Vaucluse House

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Video: Sydney Festival at Vaucluse HouseFriday 15 January 2016

Genevieve Lacey discusses the installation Pleasure Garden and performs some of the music that inspired the work.

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Sydney Festival Review: Pleasure Garden [SMH]Wednesday 13 January 2016

Looking across to house over lawn, flowers and fountain.


Meet the Composer: Genevieve LaceyThursday 7 January 2016

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The Cook and the Curator

I see you!Thursday 7 January 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.

Meet the animals at Vaucluse House