Members Tour: Wentworth Mausoleum

Join us for a members-only walking tour to the rarely opened Wentworth Mausoleum and learn about William Charles Wentworth’s extravagant 1873 state funeral.

Your tour will start in the grand drawing room at Vaucluse House and journey a short distance to the rarely opened Wentworth Mausoleum – the final resting place of William Charles Wentworth. Hear stories and listen to commentary from colonial newspapers about the details of this great event.

William Charles Wentworth was a talented and outspoken lawyer and politician. Although himself once described as ‘a man of immoral life and lowest origins’, he was part of a new generation of Australian-born colonists determined to break down the social and civil barriers that divided free settlers from the ‘convict-stained’. He campaigned strongly and relentlessly for civil rights, particularly representative government and the right to trial by jury.

Find out more about Wentworth’s life in this fascinating tour led by an expert guide.

Members enjoy a 10% discount off food and drink at Estate Vaucluse House.

Spaces are limited and bookings are essential.

If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email the Members Team email the Members Team.

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Wentworth Road, Vaucluse NSW 2030. Phone +61 2 9388 7922

Vaucluse House

Wentworth Road, Vaucluse NSW 2030. Phone +61 2 9388 7922
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Plan your visit
  • Thursday 21 March 2pm–3.30pm
Photo of the Wentworth mausoleum with tabled light coming through the trees

Wentworth Mausoleum perimeter fence conservation

MHNSW is undertaking the first comprehensive conservation works to the fence surrounding the 1870s resting place of William Charles Wentworth

William Charles Wentworth (c1860)

Putting Wentworth to rest

Edward Champion describes the massive public funeral of William Charles Wentworth and explains why Sydney-siders mourned in such unprecedented scale

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

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