Elizabeth Farm, Sydney

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Elizabeth Farm is a historic estate in Rosehill, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Elizabeth Farm was the family home of wool pioneer, John and his wife Elizabeth Macarthur. It was commenced in 1793 on a slight hill overlooking the upper reaches of Parramatta River, 23 kilometres west of Sydney Cove. This area belonged to the Burramattagal clan of the Dharug people, whose presence is recalled in the name Parramatta.The small, solid three-roomed brick cottage was transformed, by the late 1820s, into a smart country house, surrounded by ‘pleasure grounds’, orchards and almost 1, 000 acres (4 km²) of semi-cleared land. Enveloped within later extensions, the early cottage remains intact, making it Australia’s oldest surviving European dwelling.It is managed by the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales as a museum that is open to the public for a modest fee, as well as being listed on the State Heritage Register.MuseumThe homestead, now a house museum, is creatively furnished with props and copies of objects known to belong to the Macarthurs of Elizabeth Farm. Impressive cedar joinery has been restored while carefully reproduced paint schemes, fabrics and floor coverings provide an authentic impression of this early 19th-century household. The Macarthurs' garden of native and exotic ornamentals, fruit trees and vegetables has been recreated around original plantings and archaeological features dating to the early 19th century.
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  • For such a compact site our tour guide Jo did a great presentation, bringing alive some of the people and events relating to the Mcarthurs. Definitely try to join a guided tour if you visit (otherwise...  more »
  • Elizabeth Farm not only has the building and gardens it also has a visitors center. It is on the Harris Park Heritage Walk trail with many other interesting buildings in the area. Wonderful to have so...  more »
  • Part of the attraction for visiting this place near Parramatta was the enjoyment of the journey from central Sydney - out by train, back by ferry. And for around $10 each on our Opal cards. An easy 10...  more »
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  • Great museum, not a lot of information plaques etc so definitely take advantage of the free tours. It's awesome to be able to interact with objects, pick them up and feel them. I asked a question our wonderful guide, Jane, didn't know the answer to, so she got the archaeological excavation report for me to find out. Great experience!
  • A beautifully kept piece of Australian history. Very interactive for the kids. Little miss 5 loved climbing into the beds! Lovely staff and beautiful scones in the tea room.
  • Very interesting, a unique piece of Australia's history. Our guide was friendly and informative.
  • Pleasant to walk through the place, the historical home and lawn is fairly well presented and maintained.
  • it was lovely and so were the people i went with my class for an Excursion

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