Open doors: Elizabeth Bay House

This online talk will delve into the design of the Greek Revival villa Elizabeth Bay House, built on Gadigal land.

Considered by many to be the finest colonial residence in NSW - despite never being completed – the house tells the story of colonial ambition overstretched. The crowning glory in Alexander Macleay’s vision of his harbourside estate, the marina villa was immortalised by Conrad Martens in a series of paintings. Influenced by freestanding gentlemen’s residences in Britain, Macleay selected architect John Verge to construct his statement home overlooking the harbour – a project that would end in financial and familial ruin. 

Join curator Mel Flyte to hear more about this fascinating historic house.


About Mel Flyte

Growing up in rural NSW, Mel’s childhood was spent undertaking her own archaeological excavations in the creek bed on her family’s property. Read more.

This is a past event 

The recording link will be distributed to members via email. 




When & Where

Thursday 2 December 2021 4PM–4.30PM

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