Explore Macarthur’s rich colonial history
One of Macarthur’s finest 19th century colonial houses, Wivenhoe, opens its doors to the public for the first time in 2018 on Sunday, February 4, 2018.
Surrounded by the fields of the Macarthur region first settled in the early 1800s, Wivenhoe was built in 1837 by five-time NSW Premier, Sir Charles Cowper, and named after the English home town his wife, Eliza, left behind when she sailed to her new home in Australia. The Cowper’s lived at Wivenhoe for 30 years before moving to London where Sir Charles worked as NSW Agent-General.
The Mediterranean-style mansion and its stables are believed to have been designed by architect John Verge, who also designed local landmarks such as Camden Park, home of the Macarthur family, and Elizabeth Bay House in Sydney. During their time living there, the Cowpers planted a vineyard, one of the oldest in the colony, and the region is still known for its wineries today.
Guided tours of the house will include a look at period photos and artifacts that will help visitors to step back in time.
When: Sunday, February 4, 2018
Where: Wivenhoe, 229 Macquarie Grove Road, Camden in the Macarthur region.
Cost: $5 per person.
For more information call 4655 7057 or visit www.macarthur.com.au