Elizabeth Farm Essay

636 words - 3 pages

Hidden behind nature, there are some of the most beautiful and historical homes in Parramatta. The most well known home in this area is Elizabeth Farm, which once you actually enter it, you realize that it is far from a farm.

Built in 1793, Elizabeth Farm is one of Australia's oldest European building and resides in Parramatta. It was built for John Macarthur, creator of the Australian wool industry and a governor, and for his wife, Elizabeth Macarthur. This home was clearly named after John Macarthur’s wife, Elizabeth. The Macarthur’s fled with the second fleet in 1790.

The house is set in an 1830s exotic and lush garden which contains the first olive tree planted in Australia. It shows us, the public, over 200 years of European tradition. With its sheltered verandas, it became the prototype for Australian homestead.

Over time Elizabeth Farm has been used for many different things from Private residences, farms, orchard, vineyard, boarding house and a glue factory. It is currently being used as a house museum, that has many benefits. It is one of the most accessible house museums that you would ever visit. There are no rooms that are blocked off from the public, so you can walk around and enjoy yourself by pulling up a chair, reading the family letters that were sent from family members, read newspapers, relax on the veranda or even keep warm in the winter by the open fire. This house museum truly makes you feel like you were part of the 19th century. It is also being used a park for the public.

This home contains two different parts; the servants quarter and the main house. The servants quarter contains eight rooms and the main house contains fifteen rooms. This home was quite large back in the 1700s, but as John was a wool man, he and his wife had the privilege of being wealthy. It takes about 2 hours to tour all of Elizabeth Farm, including its garden.

By 1865, the house had deteriorated. To repair the house, painting and replacement of all the verandah columns was essential. By the late 1870s, fences were broken, paddocks were ruined, and the roads were unkept. The roof of the house was no longer able to keep...

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