Vaucluse House

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Bicornes, bonnets & boaters

There’s a variety of headwear across our collections ranging in date from early to late nineteenth century

Child placing skittles on a flat surface on lawn in garden setting.
Onsite

Child's play

Students learn about what it was like to live at Vaucluse House for the wealthy family of William Charles and Sarah Wentworth, with their ten children and many servants

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Close to the heart

Expressions of love and endearment have long been embodied in keepsakes or jewellery worn or held close to the body

Eat Your History publication photography at Elizabeth Farm
18 June, 10am & 1pm
Workshop

Country Women's Association Masterclass

Join us for a special masterclass at Vaucluse House with the Country Women’s Association (CWA)

Window seat, c1840

Designed with intent: colonial vs modernist chairs

This selection of furniture juxtaposes the old with the new: early 19th-century colonial seating and modernist styles made over a hundred years later

Silver stylised horse drawing a chariot.

From the collection: staff favourites

We invite staff to write about their favourite object from our collections

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Keeping time

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries watches were designed to carried on the person, attached to a waist hook, looped over a belt or as part of a chatelaine in the case of women

image of painting showing a dramatic panoramic view of harbour surrounded by natural bushland with Vaucluse estate in the foreground.

Not a lovelier site

‘There is not a lovelier site in the known world’, wrote the Sydney-born barrister and novelist John Lang about the Wentworth family’s estate of Vaucluse