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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Vaucluse House Drawing Room refurbishmentMonday 11 April 2016

Photograph of a house and fountain in a garden


Gardening Australia visits Vaucluse HouseWednesday 6 April 2016

Two children in old-fashioned kitchen using implements in front of window.

Children & Family

Autumn school holiday funFriday 18 March 2016

The great watermelon robbery

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The great watermelon robberyThursday 17 March 2016

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A harvest of melons and pumpkinsWednesday 9 March 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