Dangerous Discussions in the Dining Room

Follow in the footsteps of the dinner guests of yore and join us for an evening of good food and great conversation in the dining room of Old Government House. Commencing with an introductory talk in the drawing room with guest speaker, author and businesswoman Catherine Bishop, you will be taken on a ‘dangerous’ conversational journey while enjoying a four course meal prepared by the chefs at our onsite restaurant, Lachlan’s.

Catherine Bishop will explore with you the forgotten entrepreneurial businesswomen who earnt their living in a variety of small – and sometimes surprising – ways during the early days of Sydney.  She will bring to life the fascinating details of the successes and failures, determination and wilfulness, achievements, tragedies and the occasional juicy scandal of these extraordinary women. Join Catherine as she challenges how restoring these women to the history of Sydney will reshape the way we understand our past as well as provide an incontrovertible counter-narrative to the woman’s place being at home.


Catherine Bishop is the author of Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney, and Women Mean Business, which explores the lives of New Zealand’s colonial businesswomen.  She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Macquarie University researching the history of 20th-century Australian businesswomen.



For enquiries please contact Old Government House: ogh@nationaltrust.com.au / (02) 9635 8149

Old Government House


Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance
Parramatta 2150 NSW


* Old Government House will be closed on 12 November 2019, due to staff and volunteers being affected by bushfire risks*

Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm


16 December 2019 - 26 December 2019
New Years Day
Good Friday

There will be no car access to Parramatta Park due to scheduled events:
• 14 December 2019
• 31 December 2019
• 11 January 2020
• 18 January 2020
• 26 January 2020

(02) 9635 8149
[email protected]
Entry Fees:

National Trust Members – FREE
Adult - $15
Concession/child - $10
Family - $35
Children under 5 years - FREE

Entry to Old Government House AND Experiment Farm Cottage (valid for one month)
National Trust Members - FREE
Adult - $21
Concession/child - $15
Family - $51
Children under 5 years - FREE

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