Transported in Time


Elizabeth Farm Excursion Information
Transported in Time: Pre-visit information and activities
Risk assessment: Elizabeth Farm
Excursion Introduction: Transported in Time

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
See below for the full cost scale.
1 hour 30 minutes
Session Offered
Monday to Friday
Maximum Students
60 per session
Supervision ratios

The supervision ratio is 1:10 for primary groups and 1:15 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge.

Additional Visitor Costs

Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $12.


What was life like for convict servants at the estate of John and Elizabeth Macarthur in 1828?

Students put on their caps and aprons to become newly-arrived convict servants and meet their overseers, the cook and the housekeeper, who instruct them in the finer points of working at Elizabeth Farm.

After a look at what's growing in the kitchen garden, they carry out chores in the colonial kitchen: sorting and grinding spice, polishing saucepans, working the churn and sweeping the floor.

During a tour of the main house, students see the drawing room, main bedroom and elegantly set dining table, and hear about contact with the local Aboriginal people, the Burramattagal. In the courtyard they launder clothes by hand on a washboard.

Finally, the young convicts use a quill pen to put their mark on a ticket of leave before departing for life in the new colony.

Prepare your group for a visit with an 'Excursion Introduction' listed under Resources. These introductions are suitable for teachers of children with ASD in integrated classrooms.

NOTE: The scone-making version of this program is no longer available.



Up to 20 Students: $200
Up to 40 Students: $385
Up to 60 Students: $575
Up to 80 Students: $760
Up to 100 Students: $905
Up to 120 Students: $1,055
Up to 140 Students: $1,130
Up to 160 Students: $1,230


Confirmation, payment & cancellation

You can alter your booking numbers up until 7 days prior to your visit.
We will call you a week before your booking to confirm final numbers and requirements.
You will be invoiced for the full cost of your program a week prior to your booking.
Payment can be made by Credit Card, EFTPOS or cheque (payable to Historic Houses Trust of NSW).
Cancellations made within 7 days of a booking will incur the full cost for the program.
Cancellations made within 2 weeks of your visit will be invoiced for 50% of the total booking.
Cancellations must be made in writing. 


Stage 2 History

First Contacts

Key inquiry questions:

  • What was life like for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people before the arrival of Europeans?
  • Why did Europeans settle in Australia?
  • What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and the early traders, explorers and settlers?

HT2-4 Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia

HT2-5 Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication

Similar programs: Colonial Life at Elizabeth Farm

Complementary programs: Whose Place?, Convict Life at the Barracks

Plan Your Visit

  • Please plan to arrive before the start time of your booked program to allow for cloaking, toilet visits and/or a refreshment break for the students. If you arrive late, some elements and activities may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
  • Large groups will be divided up into smaller groups for activities in the museums.
  • Bags, food and drinks are not permitted in the museums and cloaking facilities are provided.
  • Photography policies vary between the museums so please ask a member of staff for details.
  • Teachers and carers are required to remain with their groups at all times.
  • Disciplining students remains the responsibility of teachers and carers accompanying the group.
  • Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.

Elizabeth Farm

70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142
Bookings +61 2 8239 2211


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Elizabeth Farm

70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142
Bookings +61 2 8239 2211