Parramatta Historic House Tour - 4th June 2022

  • 04 Jun 2022
  • 9:30 AM
  • Parramatta

You are in invited to join Australiana Society members on Saturday 4th June 2022 to visit three properties in the historic Parramatta area.

This follows our recent successful visit to Old Government House and Camden Park during the March Sydney Tour. We will be visiting three historic properties very close to each other in Harris Park/Rosehill.

First is Experiment Farm, then Hambledon Cottage and Elizabeth Farm. We look forward to seeing you.

COST $85 pp (entries and lunch)

National Trust members slightly less at $75 pp. Please provide your National Trust membership and bring your card on the day so this can be supplied to the Trust for entry to Experiment Farm. 

For bookings Contact

Robert Hannan NSW Australiana Society Chair

0423 111 365

Booking Link:

Hambledon Cottage, Parramatta – jml297

Elizabeth Farm, the foundation story of the Macarthur rural empire – Camden History Notes

Elizabeth Farm | Sydney Living Museums


Members Ian Stephenson and Ian Thomson will give historical background to the house and furniture.

Ian Stephenson is a board member of the National Trust and former curator.

Ian Thomson is a French Polisher, artisan with an abiding interest in early colonial furniture. Ian is regularly employed by the National Trust in advising and carrying out repairs and also serves on the Camden Park Preservation Committee.

This is a self-drive tour although the properties are in close proximity to each other and you may only need to park once and then walk between them. The properties can also be reached by foot from Harris Park Station. For those unable to walk the distances between the houses we will be able to assist with car travel.


Meet outside Experiment Farm in Ruse St Harris Park. Experiment Farm was built c1835 by surgeon John Harris on land originally granted to James Ruse. There is a good collection of early colonial furniture we will hear from knowledgeable experts.

It is a short distance to Hambledon Cottage at 63 Hassall St Harris Park to view the house and collection, led by members of the Parramatta Historical Society. The house was built by John Macarthur on Elizabeth Farm land in 1824 as additional accommodation for family and friends.

A sandwich lunch in the cottage grounds will be provided and we then proceed to Elizabeth Farm Cottage, at 70 Alice St Rosehill and within sight of Hambledon Cottage. This was the original home of John and Elizabeth Macarthur (1793) and complements our recent visit to Camden Park. The house is one of Australia’s oldest homes

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