Hambledon Cottage, Parramatta

Hambledon Cottage is a New South Wales State Heritage Register listed colonial Georgian cottage ornée. It was built for John Macarthur in 1824 on his Elizabeth Farm estate as extra accommodation for family and friends.

It is set in Hambledon Reserve, an attractive parkland of two acres containing several trees including English Oak trees and a Cork Oak tree transported from England in 1817 by Macarthur on his return from nine years exile. These were planted to remind him of an English parkland.

The property was acquired in 1953 by Parramatta City Council and has been leased since 1965 to Parramatta and District Historical Society. It is used by the Society as its administrative headquarters and the cottage is displayed as an historic house museum. It has been restored to the 1820s Colonial Georgian style and furnished with authentic furniture by the Society to reflect the 1820s to 1880s period, the time of the Macarthur family’s ownership.

Visitors, both young and old, can experience 19th century lifestyle and view original furniture of the period, some with Parramatta provenance. These guided tours make history come to life.
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  • I really enjoyed the visit and the tour. The volunteers have down a great job with everything and they are very professional  more »
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  • Great tour and fantastic step back in history. Go and have a look. A must do in Parramatta.
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