Pastoral bliss at Rouse Hill


The mornings may be getting darker and have the first hints of autumn chill, but here at Rouse Hill House & Farm they're giving us some perfect pastoral views.

As yet no-one has spontaneously started reciting Greek or Roman poetry but we live in hope.

Looking at these idyllic views it's important to remember that, with the rapid expansion of suburbia, rural landscapes close to Sydney are increasingly threatened. Significant historic landscapes like that at Rouse Hill become all the more precious not only for their heritage value but also for the green and recreational space, and wildlife habitats they provide.

Unlike many historic properties, at Rouse Hill House & Farm a significant part of the immediate landscape has been preserved, providing both a setting and constant reminder of the house’s rural past. Visitors are amazed at the unexpected sweeping vista still enjoyed from the rear of the house, that stretches westwards all the way to the Blue Mountains.

These evocative shots were taken by Paul Ferguson who has been working on new paving at the caretaker’s cottage and has been enjoying the views for the past week.


About the Author

Sydney Living Museums Image
Dr Scott Hill
Elizabeth Farm, Meroogal, Rouse Hill House & Farm
As a teenager, Scott Hill was captivated by pictures of ruins, trying to imagine how people had lived in these dramatic and crumbling spaces.

Group of people with table full of string making materials for Aboriginal education program.


Thousands of students learn to warurabanga (make string)Wednesday 14 August 2019

On Thursday 8 August, almost 3,000 teachers and students across NSW took part in a live virtual excursion, direct from Museum of Sydney, the site of first Government House - a unique place from which to explore Australian history from multiple perspectives.

Whimsical wallpaper of space travel from the 1950s


1950s sci-fi wallpaper Wednesday 24 July 2019

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Library Display

New Library DisplaysTuesday 23 July 2019

Whet your appetite for the Songs of Home exhibition at the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, where our new displays explore how, even before CDs and Spotify, Sydney homes were filled with music.

Cartland door knockers


Rare Cartland Catalogue OnlineFriday 28 June 2019

As part of the CSL&RC's ongoing digitisation efforts, this rare 1886 catalogue for the James Cartland General Brass Foundry, containing a whopping 682 pages of door, window and cabinet hardware, is now available through our Internet Archive page.