Camden Park holds itself as a key figure in both local and Australian history. The Property established Australian Agriculture and is known for many firsts in horticulture and viticulture. It ranks as one the most important private historical home within Australia due to the quality of the design, the landscape setting and continued occupation by the one family. Camden Park House has a rich history set within the building and the collection of historical artifacts and items within the property. Copies of historical items are held by the State Library of NSW.
Camden Park property was established in 1805 when Governor King granted 5000 acres of land in the Cowpastures to John Macarthur and his wife Elizabeth. Macarthur was largely responsible for establishing the Australian Wool Industry through cross breading Bengal Ewes with an Irish Breed. It was on this land, in 1835 when the final house was completed by architect John Verge. With his death a year prior in 1834 John Macarthur was never able to see the completed house, however, his wife Elizabeth who was present on the estate whilst John ventured back and forth between London, as well as their sons William and James were able to see the completion, and lay the ground works of what we now know as Camden Park House. Since their time, seven generations of Macarthur’s have lived in the house.
The house itself is designed of Georgian architecture and based on the Palladian principle, having a centralised two story block, surrounded by symmetrical pavilions. After a number of early plans and architects considered, John Verge was finally commissioned in 1831, with works beginning in 1832 and completing by 1835. The house design, although European in nature has proven to be an appropriate style for the Australian climate, as well as the changing social behaviours throughout the times.
Just as impressive, the garden at Camden Park House is one of the most important in Australia’s history. The garden itself is largely the legacy of William Macarthur, John Macarthur’s fourth son. A keen botanist, William collected plants from all over the world, introducing them into the Australian ecosystem.
We have been privileged to work alongside Camden Park House on a number of projects, helping to create a brand image for the House, as well as helping to create a seamless open day for the historic house. We have been able to help Camden Park House modernise their open day by helping to create an online ticketing system allowing patrons to purchase their tickets and pre-book tour times online. As well as this, over the past few open days, we have been able to develop a Bird Brochure, documenting the local birds that can be spotted within the grounds of Camden Park House, additionally, the development and designing of a Garden guide booklet, designed to walk patrons through the historic garden, pointing out a selection of important and historic plants, flowers, bushes and trees.
Looking forward, we have some more exciting designs in the works for this year’s upcoming open day. We have been hard at work helping to elevate and design the Camden Park House brand and can’t wait to see it flourish into the future.
This year, Camden Park House opens its doors to the public on September 21st and 22nd. The open day allows patrons to view the historic House and Garden and learn about the rich history of the site, the stories and the people that have made this estate what it is today. As well as this, visitors can enjoy a Devonshire tea within the sprawling garden-scape, as well as browse the plant stalls. Tickets are available for purchase online here as well as at the door on the day of the event.