The Lennox Bridge, Parramatta (Source: Local Studies Photographic Collection LSOP 896, Parramatta Heritage Centre, City of Parramatta)
Lennox Bridge – Time Line – 1796 to 2016
1790: July – Town of Rose Hill (later Parramatta) marked
1794: First (wooden) bridge over the river at Parramatta Constructed
1795: Wooden Bridge swept away by floodwater (more…)
Image: Lennox Bridge, Parramatta, view of west side of bridge from street level position on north bank of river, 1928 [LSP00808]
David Lennox arrived in Sydney in 1832. He was experienced in bridge building under the famous engineer Thomas Telford having worked on a stone bridge across the Severn in Gloucester and the Menai suspension bridge in north-west Wales. (more…)
The Gaol Bridge was the first substantial bridge to join (more…)
Image of Horwood Street Car Park, Parramatta, c. early-1980s. Source: City of Parramatta Council Archives Photographic Collection
Over the years, the City of Parramatta Council has taken many photos to record its events, activities, buildings and achievements. One of the roles of the Parramatta Heritage Centre is to preserve these images in its archives.
Edward William O’Sullivan, printer, journalist and politician – portrait, ca. 1895-1905 / unknown photographer. Image Source: State Library of New South Wales.
Edward William O’Sullivan was born on St. Patrick’s Day, 17th of March, 1846 in Launceston, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) . O’Sullivan’s career began as a ‘printer’s devil’, a phrase that refers to an apprentice who undertakes odd jobs in the printer’s office such as maintaining ink tanks .
From Baths to Box Office – Riverside Theatres in Parramatta, 1993. Source: City of Parramatta Archives Photograph Collection
In 2018, Riverside Theatres will celebrate 30 years of sharing stories on stage and screen. The popular and successful multi-venue performing arts centre will, over the next few years, undergo a process of redevelopment resulting in a revitalized and fit-for-the-future venue.  Reflecting the ongoing expansion of our city, this transformation will form the next interesting step in the history of where Riverside stands, a space long associated with gathering and recreation.
Westfield Parramatta, September 2017. Image: Anna Namuren, Parramatta Heritage Centre
The Westfield retail centre was launched in Parramatta in 1975  in the same year that consumers were introduced to Bankcard, Australia’s first credit card.  (more…)
Over the last 60 years public swimming pools have become an established fixture in (more…)