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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  • Visited Elizabeth Farm today and got more out of it then expected. The family stories surrounding the two main families who resided at the farm over the years was very interesting and could make a gre...  more »
  • Elizabeth farm was the house where John and his wife Elizabeth Macarthur lived, at least some of the time! It is said to be the oldest surviving house in Australia, dating from that era. It is a livin...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • My wife and daughter had a wonderful time here. This is a timeless place right in the middle of busy Parramatta. There is plenty of history to contemplate, a lot of hand-on activities for the little ones too. They have done a fantastic job in presenting this heritage home / place, recommend for the entire family.
  • Really enjoyed our time here . So glad it has been preserved . The guides were very informative and lovely ladies
  • Well this was a wonderful surprise. I took my tweenager niece and two young sons. All three had a ball. They got involved in convict servant activities like clothes washing and maintaining the veggie garden. The most spectacular thing about this place is by far the sensational homemade scones in the cafe.
  • Lovely Devonshire Tea and the tour of the old house was very interesting.
  • It was very interesting to see the oldest surviving european house in Australia. When i arrived i was offered by staff to see a short video on an ipad about the history of the house. It made a great difference and i totally recommend spending 10 min to see it.
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