Published for St Patrick’s Day in 1911, ‘The Goblin of Vaucluse’ is an intriguing evocation of the garden at Vaucluse House at the turn of the 20th century.
This autumn the kitchen garden at Vaucluse House has a bumper harvest of squashes and melons. Learn how to care for your cucurbits with horticulturist Anita Rayner, read about the great watermelon heist of 1811 and discover some forgotten heirloom varieties.
To launch a fundraising campaign to mark the centenary of Vaucluse House as a public museum, Sydney Living Museums worked with Gregory Read from Paperbark Films.
Over the next 12 months Sydney Living Museums will refurbish the Vaucluse House drawing room and is seeking public donations to support this important conservation work.
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.
To visit Vaucluse House is to be immersed in the stories and experiences of the remarkable Wentworth family, whose 'romantically hidden' estate and home shaped much of their lives.
Shading the face, fanning a fire into a blaze or cooling food, shooing away insects, conveying social status, even passing discreet romantic messages - the use of the fan goes far beyond the creation of a breeze.
A new short film, 'Sweet Noise: Making Music at Vaucluse House', documents preparations for a musical performance in one of Sydney Living Museums' historic houses.
Every November, jacarandas rain a shower of purple on Sydney’s streets. This gorgeous flowering tree has such a firm hold on the city and its imagination that few of us could imagine it any other way. But the Brazilian native was once considered as rare as it was beautiful.
Many visitors returning to Vaucluse House ask us about displays at the house remembered from years past; most often, the three coaches that were once in the stables, a story going back about 100 years.
Sometimes good music takes a while to be appreciated. For the first time, on the 11th of October, a lively dance tune published in Sydney over 160 years ago will be performed at Vaucluse House as part of its centenary celebrations.
The wisteria at Vaucluse House was once famed as one of Sydney’s finest springtime sights.
Shredding hail and torrential rains decimated the kitchen garden on Vaucluse Estate in late April 2015. While most of the larger trees and fenceline hedges were spared destruction, all but the hardiest plants were smashed to pieces with the main heirloom vegetable beds almost wiped clean.