Elizabeth Farm

Plant Your History

Sumptuous Cape Bulbs light up late summer gardens

Belladonna Lilies and Crinum Lilies are tough bulbs that never say die and can survive years of neglect

Students dressed up in stone courtyard with washing buckets and laundry.
Onsite

Now and then

As students are guided through the property, they discover that the household lived without the benefits of running water, bathrooms, electricity, appliances or paved roads

Some kitchen items on the table in front of the fireplace
Onsite

Colonial life at Elizabeth Farm

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

Distemper paint

Paint doesn't come any more natural, practical or traditional than distemper, a beautiful interior finish for walls and ceilings

Elizabeth Farm house - front verandah and carriageway

'A most excellent brick house' Elizabeth Farm

Curator Dr Scott Hill explores some of the enduring mysteries buried in the architecture of Australia’s oldest surviving homestead

Arm extended with hand holding red spiky flower head.
Plant Your History

Queen of the Night

The Queen of the Night is an epiphytic spineless cactus that originates from the rainforests of Central America.

Joseph Lycett, 'The residence of John McArthur Esq. near Parramatta, New South Wales'. Aquatint. Published London, John Souter, 1825. Elizabeth Farm collection, Museums of History New South Wales.
Museum

A turbulent past

With its deep, shady verandahs and elegant symmetry, Elizabeth Farm is an iconic early colonial bungalow