Vaucluse House, named after an area in France, was built for William Charles Wentworth who was one of the statesmen of the 19th century who guided the state and the nation to self-government. He was born in the UK in 1790 and died in Sydney in 1872. He is interred in a mausoleum close to the remants of his estate.
Being illegitimate and with convict associations - via his father, D'arcy and his mother - Wentworth struggled to be accepted by the polite society of this colonial outpost. This is a disjointed house which exhibits more grace in the grounds and the out buildings, than in the house itself. However, it does nestle in a gloriously beautiful part of this city.