Archaeology Collections

Parramatta Heritage Centre - Archaeology Collections The Parramatta Heritage Centre holds a range of archaeology collections from over a dozen sites across the Parramatta CBD, including a regional maritime collection.  The archaeological materials on display at the...

Museum and Art Collections

Museum and Art Collections paintings, engravings, archaeology, objects of local significance Archaeology Collections since 1990 the museum has been the most significant repository for objects identified as a result of local archaeological digs Search Our Collections...
The Parramatta Soldiers’ Hut

The Parramatta Soldiers’ Hut

“The Hut” by Nell Gawthorne, held in the City of Parramatta Cultural Collections Artwork Collection (Acc no. 2006.175)

During World War Two, community organisations and local councils across Australia were instrumental in providing recreational opportunities in support of the physical and mental wellbeing (more…)

3D-scanning Parramatta’s history and heritage

3D-scanning Parramatta's history and heritage In July 2019, City of Parramatta Council trialled the 3D digital scanning techniques of significant objects, which will enable us to document, conserve and share our cultural history with audiences around the world. The...
Child’s sandal 3D scan

Child’s sandal 3D scan

Parts of a child’s right sandal, Cultural Collection BIW/1989.00835. Source: City of Parramatta Council.

This object is a child’s leather sandal from the right foot. The heel strap is still intact and the two pieces of leather form the sole that were stitched together. It appears the stitching was done by hand which was prevalent until the introduction of machinery in the late 1880s. [1]

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Ming bowl 3D scan

Ming bowl 3D scan

Ming bowl, Cultural Collection ARC2012.4.5.GSP. Source: City of Parramatta Council

It is unknown how or why this Chinese Ming Bowl came to be at the Family Court site in Parramatta.

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Emergency food ration tin 3D scan

Emergency food ration tin 3D scan

Emergency food ration tin, front and back view. Photography by Paolo Busato. Source: City of Parramatta Council, 2019.

This cylindrical tin, soldered at both ends, was issued to Trooper Ash Whitney during the Boer War (1899-1902).  It has a metal opening key at either end with internal divisions containing (in this example) 4 ounces of beef extract (pemmican) in one end and 4 ounces of cocoa powder in the other.

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Hand operated vacuum cleaner 3D scan

Hand operated vacuum cleaner 3D scan

Hand Operated Vacuum Cleaner. Source: Collection Sydney Olympic Park Authority – Courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Collection held at Newington Armory, 2019.

Vacuum cleaners originated in the 1800s. Operated manually by two people, they blew dust into the air.

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Commode 3D scan

Commode 3D scan

Commode c.1880 Collection: Old Government House, Accession No: 2100. National Trust of NSW

This commode is of significance to Old Government House (National Trust) due to its direct provenance to a Parramatta craftsman.

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