Old Government House: Women of Distinction

A new exhibition in the upstairs rooms of Old Government House brings together items from the National Trust (NSW)’s collections and those on loan from other sources, to provide new insights into the women who lived in, worked at, and influenced this nationally significant property throughout its decades of change.

While many are known to us, such as Elizabeth Macquarie, Lady Mary FitzRoy and Elizabeth Macarthur, others remain more peripheral, overshadowed by their male contemporaries and circumstances. And yet, so many were achievers beyond their years and times. Learn about Anna Josepha Coombe, who married Philip Gidley King in England in March 1791. Four days later she sailed to the colony to live on Norfolk Island, and later became the first wife of a governor to live here.

Mary Caroline Stewart, née FitzRoy, arrived with her husband and four daughters in August 1849 to take on the role of Vice Regal Hostess for her father, Governor Sir Charles FitzRoy, after the tragic death of her mother – a role she fulfilled to acclaim.

Discover stories of convicts and servants – most recently, the Matrons who cared for the boys of The Kings School, and the women of the National Trust (NSW) who readied the property for its first Royal visit in April 1970, after its care was vested in the National Trust in 1967.





  • Open Thursday to Sunday until 29 November 2020
  • National Trust members (Household/ Individual) FREE
  • Family – $35
  • Adult – $15
  • Concession – $10

The exhibition is closed on Mondays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day & Good Friday.

For more information or to make a group booking, please contact (02) 9635 8149 or email ogh@nationaltrust.com.

Please note: the exhibition is only accessible via a flight of stairs.

Plan your visit

Old Government House: Women of Distinction


Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance, Parramatta NSW 2150


Thursday and Friday 10am - 4pm, last entry 3:30pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm, last entry 3:30pm


Good Friday, Anzac Day, King’s Birthday, Labour Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day

(02) 9635 8149
Entry Fees:

National Trust Members – FREE
Adult - $15
Concession* - $12
Family - $42
Child (under 5 years) – FREE
* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.

How to book your tickets
Tickets can be purchased at visitor reception or booked in advance to guarantee your spot. Booking fees apply.
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