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As the sun sets, experience Elizabeth Bay House by night on this special tour. Visit the rarely seen servants’ quarters to understand how difficult the life of a servant was, particularly in the dark, and explore the wine cellars underneath the house. See the famous saloon through new eyes, its architectural magnificence enhanced by the candlelight, and complete your visit with a glass of wine and nibbles in the elegant dining room of the house whilst discussing the rise and fall of Alexander Macleay, his family, and their unique natural history collections.

With commanding views over Sydney Harbour, Elizabeth Bay House built in 1835 gleams like a Greek temple. Once surrounded by famous landscaped gardens, it is one of the most splendid private houses ever built in Australia and still arouses our delight and astonishment. Its elegant rooms and fine proportions, sweeping staircase and lavish furnishings reveal the tastes and aspirations of its original owner, Alexander Macleay, after the governor, the most important public official in colonial Sydney. Elizabeth Bay House is an iconic Sydney home, with an iconic Sydney back-story of obsession for property and position stretched beyond means and undone by changing financial times.

Note: This is an adults only tour. For a family friendly nightlight tour please visit Elizabeth Farm.

When: Friday 9 September 2016, 6:00-7:30pm
Where: Elizabeth Bay House, 7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay NSW 2011
Cost: General $25, Concession $20, SLM Members $15 Bookings essential.
Contact: or 02 9356 3022
Presented by Sydney Living Museums.

Image: courtesy Sydney Living Museums.

History Week Neighbours postcardThis event is part of
History Week: Neighbours
3-11 September 2016
Presented by the History Council of NSW
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