Wentworth Mausoleum walking tour

Putting W.C. Wentworth to rest

A tour to the Wentworth Mausoleum at Vaucluse House

Join us for a 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 to the rarely opened Wentworth Mausoleum – the final resting place of William Charles Wentworth. Hear stories and listen to commentary from the colonial newspapers about the details of this great event.

William Charles Wentworth was a talented and outspoken lawyer and politician. Although himself ‘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. Led by an expert Visitor Interpretation Officer, find out more about his life in this fascinating tour.

Members get more: Enjoy presale and a 20% discount off all tickets.

This is an outdoor event and will proceed in wet weather, except in extreme conditions. Please dress appropriately. As this event is a walking tour, a reasonable level of fitness is required.

You are welcome to explore the house and gardens before or after the tour.

Wentworth Road, Vaucluse NSW 2030

Vaucluse House

Wentworth Road, Vaucluse NSW 2030
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Plan your visit
  • Friday 9 August 2pm–3.30pm

Vaucluse House

Vaucluse Bay, Port Jackson, NSW
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Vaucluse House kitchen garden

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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