Vaucluse House

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Vaucluse House information

Sydney , Australia
Wentworth Rd
+61 2 9388 7922
Getting there
Bus: 325
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adult/child $8/4
Opening hours
11am-4pm Fri-Sun
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Construction of this imposing, turreted specimen of Gothic Australiana, set amid 10 hectares of lush gardens, commenced in 1805, but the house was tinkered with into the 1860s. Decorated with beautiful European period pieces including Bohemian glass, heavy oak Jacobethan furniture and Meissen china, the house offers visitors a rare glimpse into early Sydney colonial life, as lived by the well-to-do.

Vaucluse was occupied from 1827 to 1862 by William Charles Wentworth, his wife Sarah and their children. The son of a convict mother, Wentworth became a barrister and cowrote the first New South Wales colonial constitution. However his democratic leanings kept him estranged from high society: he held the ‘outrageous’ view that Australian-born colonials were the equals of the English, and that political and legal rights should be extended to emancipists (freed convicts). Wentworth was also an intrepid explorer. In 1831 he was part of the first European expedition to cross the Blue Mountains.