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 celebrates 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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Vaucluse House: a centenaryTuesday 6 October 2015

Vaucluse House Centenary

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Celebrating 100 years of Vaucluse House Wednesday 30 September 2015

In 2015 we celebrate the centenary of the first step towards the creation of Vaucluse House as a museum.

Smiling man in hat in flower bed.

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Gardens move forward into historyFriday 25 September 2015

Over the years the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House, for many reasons, had started to take on the appearance of a modern 'cottage garden'. Although this was relaxed, peaceful and full of surprises, it is not what the garden beds' original landscape design was thought to be based on.

Saucepans hanging on the wall with bottles of preserves, cabbage and flowers on wooden dresser.

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A taste of history at Vaucluse HouseThursday 24 September 2015

As Vaucluse House prepares to celebrate 100 years of being a house museum, we are happy to announce some of the treats that will be on offer for tasting on Sunday 11 October.

Fountain cleaned and freshly refilled with water with trees and lawn in background.

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Spring Cleaning at Vaucluse HouseFriday 18 September 2015

This month at Vaucluse House we are counting down to the centenary of our opening as a museum, which we will be celebrating on Sunday 11 October with an action packed community open day.

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