Colonial life at Elizabeth Farm
About the program
As they explore the home of the Macarthur family, which dates from 1793, students learn about the lives of the family and their convict servants and the impact of colonisation on the traditional owners of the Parramatta area.
In the dim, low-ceilinged cellar, students imagine travelling to NSW in the hold of a convict ship and use percussion instruments to evoke a storm at sea. They visit the kitchen garden, wash clothes by hand and take a guided tour through the kitchen, main bedroom and drawing room of Elizabeth Farm to gain insights into the lives of both convict servants and the Macarthur family.
The students also discuss the concept of terra nullius and the effects of colonisation on the natural environment and the Burramattagal people. They examine a range of historical and contemporary sources to learn about traditional hunting, gathering and land management practices, and in a hands-on group activity, they discover how indigenous plant specimens were used for bush food and medicine and in making tools.
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.
Stage 2 History
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
Stage 2 Creative Arts
MUS2.1 Sings, plays and moves to a range of music, demonstrating a basic knowledge of musical concepts
Similar programs: Transported in Time
Complementary programs: Whose Place?, Convict Life at the Barracks
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
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.
- 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.
Risk assessment: Elizabeth Farm
Elizabeth Farm70 Alice Street, Rosehill NSW 2142. Phone +61 2 9635 9488
- Wheelchair accessible
Cost (GST free)
From $200 for up to 20 students
See page details for the full cost scale
Monday to Friday
60 per session
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
During this thought-provoking and engaging program, students learn that this place was an important site of contact between British and Aboriginal people