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Sydney Living Museums has plenty to offer online, with a wealth of stories and visual content for you to peruse along with useful resources for learning at home.

Find a weekly summary of what’s new across our channels, look up activities to do at home with the family, including in the kitchen and the garden, explore our properties and our collections, and settle in for some good long reads.

This week’s focus:

Join us as we take a closer look at Elizabeth Farm. Built for the young military couple John and Elizabeth Macarthur and their growing family, Elizabeth Farm has witnessed major events in the growth of the colony, from the toppling of governors and convict rebellion to the birth of the Australian wool industry.  Find out more about its history, stories, collection items and more as we shine a light on one of the oldest homes in Australia. 

Elizabeth Farm is open Wednesday–Saturday, 10am–4pm. Book your tickets online here.




This week:



'A most excellent brick house'

Curator Dr Scott Hill explores some of the enduring mysteries buried in the architecture of Australia’s oldest surviving homestead.

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Serving dish, c1812

Two intricately painted and monogrammed china plates that were once part of a large dessert service made for the table of John and Elizabeth Macarthur, are testimony to an adventurous spirit in early colonial Sydney.

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Mini museum models

Make your own mini museum! Choose from six Sydney Living Museums properties. Simply download the plans, colour, cut, fold and glue.

Get making!


Fragrant Peach jam

Elizabeth Macarthur wrote to a friend in England about the abundance of fruit and vegetables that could be grown, to the point that their pigs were fed with the left over melons and peaches. Recreate the tastes of 19th century cooks in this 1845 recipe from Eliza Acton.

Read the recipe


Online puzzles

Get puzzling

Take a moment to relax and recharge with one of our online puzzles featuring our beautiful collections and museums. 

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Extending the olive branch

Read on to find out more about how we are ensuring the survival of the Elizabeth Farm European olive tree (Olea europaea), which is believed to be Australia’s oldest living cultivated olive tree.

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James Watsford

From convicted horse thief to trusted coachman for the Macarthurs, and finally coach proprietor, discover the story of James Watsford.

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Student Writing Competition

Stage 4 and 5 students in NSW are invited to write a piece of historical fiction inspired by our A Thousand Words exhibition.

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Online exhibitions

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020

Entries are now open for the 2020 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, with a prize pool of over $10,000.

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A Thousand Words exhibition

‘A picture tells a thousand words.’ This adage is the inspiration for an innovative exhibition in which the public becomes the curator with 20 new images released each month.

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More stories

Latest news

Door knocker on the front door of Meroogal


Annual Appeal 2020Monday 4 May 2020

man with large camera photographing stone turret.
View of house across lawn.

Vaucluse House

Conservation in action: Vaucluse House turretsThursday 23 July 2020

Woolshed, Rouse Hill House and Farm

New online

The Woolshed: a rude timber buildingTuesday 23 June 2020

The Woolshed at Rouse Hill Estate, constructed c. 1858, is an example of the type of ‘rude’ timber farm buildings that can be found throughout rural Australia. These building are usually uncomplicated structures, built using materials readily available and often have a naïve, simple character.