Hambledon Cottage was built by John Macarthur in 1824 as a second house on his Elizabeth Farm Estate. It has had many occupants, but the most notable was Penelope Lucas, former governess to Macarthur's daughters. She named the family "Cottage" after the township of Hambledon in Hampshire, England.
Hambledon Cottage is built of rendered sandstock brick in the Colonial Georgian style, the joinery throughout is of Australian cedar and is a splendid example of fine Georgian detailing. Some of the internal ceilings and walls are still of lath and plaster whilst one bedroom still has its original ironbark floor. An excellent example of a domed brick oven adjoins the open fireplace in the kitchen. The cottage is tastefully furnished in the style of the times. For more information, click here
Parramatta City Council, as the owner of the building, restored the building and in 1965 leased it to the Society. The cottage was opened for public inspection on 26 February 1966.
In 2002 & 2003 the cottage underwent further restoration and re-painting work. The Governor of NSW & the Lord Mayor of Parramatta officially opened these works on 15 November 2003. For more, click here.
In late 2004, there were extensive landscaping works in the reserve surrounding Hambledon Cottage and within the cottage grounds. In 2008, there has been further re-painting work.
The presentation of the cottage was re-interpreted in 2009 to provide a “lived-in” atmosphere. In 2012, it was listed on the State Heritage Register.
The Society opens Hambledon
Cottage for public inspections (see below). For MAP of its location, click here.
Fridays ) 11/00am - 4/00pm
Other times by Appointment (see below)
Hambledon Cottage is open on most Public Holidays but closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
CONCESSIONS (Pensioners, Senior Cards, Full-time Students/Groups)
CHILDREN (5 – 15 years)
SCHOOL CHILDREN (in School Group)
(See below for special programmes)
GROUPS by appointment
Telephone or Fax 9635-6924 or email to
Groups of adults or students are most welcome to visit Hambledon Cottage to experience life in the 19th century.
All tours are by one of our experienced Guides.
To ensure adequate guides are available, PRIOR BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL (see contact details above)
groups can be catered for through one of our two specially developed
For either tour, PRIOR BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL (see contact details above).
PLANNING AN EXCURSION to HAMBLEDON COTTAGE, click here
For VENUE & SAFETY INFORMATION FOR SCHOOL EXCURSIONS, click here.
For MAP of location, click here
Visit Through Time
Hands-on activities allow students to experience aspects of life in that period.
Tour duration: 60 minutes
Cost: $5.00 per student
Tour size: 35 students preferable at a time, or larger groups can be accommodated with prior arrangement
Hambledon Cottage garden or grounds can be hired for Wedding Ceremonies and/or Wedding Photos.
Unfortunately, such events cannot be held within the rooms of the cottage.
Please contact Hambledon Cottage 9635-6924 or Ken 9871-4155 or Trevor 9654-2224 for enquiries, costs and arrangements.
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