Elizabeth Farm 1794: Australia's oldest European style building, home of John and Elizabeth Macarthur. This early Australian homestead became the design for many houses that were built after it because of the wide verandahs that are particularly suited to hot climate countries. The original house was built with bricks, rendered and marked with Ashlar blocking, the servants quarters and kitchen were built from Sydney sandstone

Elizabeth Farm 1794: Australia's oldest European style building, home of John and Elizabeth Macarthur. This early Australian homestead became the design for many houses that were built after it because of the wide verandahs that are particularly suited to hot climate countries. The original house was built with bricks, rendered and marked with Ashlar blocking, the servants quarters and kitchen were built from Sydney sandstone

Elizabeth Farm (home of John MacArthur) in a rural landscape. Joseph Lycett 1825

Elizabeth Farm (home of John MacArthur) in a rural landscape. Joseph Lycett 1825

Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142.. Australia's oldest surviving European homestead.

Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142.. Australia's oldest surviving European homestead.

John Macarthur is regarded as being a man of great influence in the early years of settlement. He was a British army officer with skills in architecture, and was involved in politics. But he is best known for his work in setting up the wool industry and introducing the merino sheep to Australia.

John Macarthur is regarded as being a man of great influence in the early years of settlement. He was a British army officer with skills in architecture, and was involved in politics. But he is best known for his work in setting up the wool industry and introducing the merino sheep to Australia.

Portrait of John Macarthur, c. 1850s? 
Artist unknown  Find more information about this painting: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/exhibitions/2008/politicspower/images/2.html  From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.

Portrait of John Macarthur, c. 1850s? Artist unknown Find more information about this painting: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/exhibitions/2008/politicspower/images/2.html From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.

Early Victorian sunbonnet believed to have been owned by Elizabeth Macarthur(1766-1850), mistress of Elizabeth Farm near Paramatta. John and Elizabeth Macarthur were pioneers of the Australian wool industry.

Early Victorian sunbonnet believed to have been owned by Elizabeth Macarthur(1766-1850), mistress of Elizabeth Farm near Paramatta. John and Elizabeth Macarthur were pioneers of the Australian wool industry.

Early Victorian sunbonnet believed to have been owned by Elizabeth Macarthur(1766-1850), mistress of Elizabeth Farm near Paramatta. John and Elizabeth Macarthur were pioneers of the Australian wool industry.

Early Victorian sunbonnet believed to have been owned by Elizabeth Macarthur(1766-1850), mistress of Elizabeth Farm near Paramatta. John and Elizabeth Macarthur were pioneers of the Australian wool industry.

An Australian stamp commemorating the centenary of the death of John Macarthur.  1834-1934.... At "Elizabeth Farm" in 1794 he began his first experiments in improving wool growth by crossing hair-bearing Bengal ewes from India with Irish wool rams. "By crossing the two breeds, I had the satisfaction to see the lambs of the Indian ewes bear a mingled fleece of hair and wool - this circumstance originated the idea of producing fine wool in New South Wales." Macarthur also ran mobs of Merino's.

An Australian stamp commemorating the centenary of the death of John Macarthur. 1834-1934.... At "Elizabeth Farm" in 1794 he began his first experiments in improving wool growth by crossing hair-bearing Bengal ewes from India with Irish wool rams. "By crossing the two breeds, I had the satisfaction to see the lambs of the Indian ewes bear a mingled fleece of hair and wool - this circumstance originated the idea of producing fine wool in New South Wales." Macarthur also ran mobs of Merino's.

Conrad Martens:Camden Park House home of John MacArthur

Conrad Martens:Camden Park House home of John MacArthur

Conrad Martens:Camden Park House home of John MacArthur

Conrad Martens:Camden Park House home of John MacArthur

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