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.





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.

Old Government House


Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance
Parramatta 2150 NSW


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

What we offer:

What's On

Dangerous Discussions in the Dining Room

Catherine Bishop will explore with you the forgotten entrepreneurial businesswomen who earnt their living in a variety of small – and sometimes surprising

Children’s Silhouette Making

Families are invited to bring along a favourite toy and capture its silhouette as part of our ‘Women of Distinction’ exhibition. Children can place their

Mrs Macquarie’s Family Picnic

Bring along a hamper and share a picnic with your family on the front lawn of Old Government House. Surrounded by the beautiful parkland of Parramatta Park,