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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Australia's Oldest Farm holds special open day for National Family History Month this month - Aug 21

Belgenny Farm horse and cartAustralia’s oldest farm and the home estate of the Macarthur dynasty, Belgenny Farm, will open its gates to the public on Wednesday, August 21, for a special event to mark National Family History Month through August.

Normally open to the public twice a year on Mothers’ Day and Father’s Day and nestled in the hills and dales of the Macarthur region, an area 45 minutes from the Sydney CBD settled by colonial pioneer, John Macarthur, the heritage farm near Camden will hold a special ‘Back to Belgenny’ day on Wednesday, August 21, with guided tours available about the history of agriculture and the mechanics of a working farm.

Devonshire teas can be purchased during the open day and local family history societies will be in hand to share information about family trees.

Dating from 1805, Belgenny Farm is now a major educational centre giving visitors the chance to learn about agriculture and the region’s history as the original foodbowl of the fledging Sydney Belgenny Farm6colony.

Ranked amongst Australia’s great agricultural pioneers, the Macarthurs were granted land in the area in 1805, establishing merino wool production, wheat growing, dairying, horticulture and grape growing. Descendants of John Macarthur still live nearby at historic Camden Park House.

The Macarthur region combines the action of the city and the tranquility of the countryside with attractions that include wineries, convict-built homesteads, historic homes, art galleries, aerial adventure activities and Australia’s largest botanic garden, the 416-hectare Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.
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