Sydney Living Museums

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Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
The Mint - Headquarters of the HHT
Statutory authority overview
Formed 1980
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Headquarters The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Employees 220 (as at 30 June 2010)
Annual budget A$28,619,000
Minister responsible
Statutory authority executive
  • Mark Goggin, Director
Parent Statutory authority Office of Environment and Heritage
Key document
  • Historic Houses Trust Act 1980

The Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales (HHT) – now known as Sydney Living Museums – is a statutory authority within the Office of Environment and Heritage in the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment in the Australian state of New South Wales.[1]

The Trust is entrusted with the care and maintenance of historic sites throughout the state, including gardens, parklands and urban spaces and its sites attract over two million visitors each year.[2]


The Trust was established under the Historic Houses Trust Act 1980 and originally charged with the running of Elizabeth Bay House and Vaucluse House. Since then, the trust has expanded to care for 14 sites in New South Wales. The Trust also looks after over 48,000 catalogued objects across all of the sites.[2]


Vaucluse House, Vaucluse, Sydney
Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney

The Trust manages the following sites:

Property Date opened Status
1980 Vaucluse House, Wentworth Road, Vaucluse 1980 Museum
1980 Elizabeth Bay House, Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay, Sydney 1980 Museum
1984 Elizabeth Farm, Alice Street, Rose Hill 1984 Museum
1984 Lyndhurst (sold 2005) Offices and library
1985 Meroogal, Cnr West & Worrigee Streets, Nowra 1988 Museum
1987 Rouse Hill Estate, Rouse Hill 1999 Museum
1988 Rose Seidler House, Clissold Road, Wahroonga 1991 Museum
1990 Hyde Park Barracks, Macquarie Street, Sydney 1991 Museum
1990 Justice & Police Museum, Circular Quay, Sydney 1991 Museum
1990 Museum of Sydney, Cnr Philip & Bridge Streets, Sydney
on the site of First Government House
1995 Museum
1990 Young Street Terraces, Young Street, Sydney  – Offices
1990 Susannah Place Museum, The Rocks, Sydney 1993 Museum
1993 Walter Burley Griffin House (sold 1995) Conservation project
1998 The Mint, Macquarie Street, Sydney 1998 and 2004 Offices and library
2003 former Rouse Hill Public School, Rouse Hill 2010 Museum and education facilities
2007 Tusculum  – Leased
2007 Exeter Farm, Exeter  – Endangered Houses Fund project
2007 Glenfield  – Endangered Houses Fund project
2007 Nissen hut  – Endangered Houses Fund project
2007 Moruya Presbyterian Manse, Moruya  – Endangered Houses Fund project


  1. ^ "NSW Public Sector: Principal Departments and Other Bodies" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "About". Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 

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