If these walls could talk… come and hear the stories of the City at our free talks and workshops. For the Australian Heritage Festival 2017, which is presented by the National Trust, the City of Parramatta Research and Collections Services team is hosting a series of free talks and workshops at Parramatta Town Hall and the Heritage and Visitor Information Centre.

Everyone is welcome and the venues are fully accessible.

The Cultural Heritage and Tourism team is also partnering with Parramatta Park Trust to conduct guided tours during the Australian Heritage festival 2017. More information below.

Friday April 28, Parramatta Town Hall, Jubilee Hall
11.00am – 11.45am: If these walls could talk… How Council and Community Archives help to tell the story of the built environment, acknowledging the loss of many voices. Michelle Goodman, Archivist, City of Parramatta.
11.45am – 12.15pm: Parramatta videos – Captured moments. A program of videos from Parramatta’s distant past and more recent times.
12.15pm – 1.00pm: Magnificent seven of Parramatta. The stories of seven inspiring and influential people from Parramatta and their legacies. Anna Namuren, Research and Collections Services Co-ordinator, City of Parramatta.
1.00pm  – 1.30pm: Parramatta videos – Captured moments. A program of videos from Parramatta’s distant past and more recent times.
1.30pm – 2.15pm: Voices: Chinese settlement in Parramatta.Tracing the experiences, achievements and voices of Chinese immigrants in Parramatta. Anne Tsang, Research Assistant, City of Parramatta.

 

Tuesday May 9, Parramatta Town Hall, Jubilee Hall
11.00am – 11.45am: Magnificent seven of Parramatta.The stories of seven inspiring and influential people from Parramatta and their legacies. Anna Namuren, Research and Collections Services Co-ordinator, City of Parramatta.
11.45am – 12.15pm: Parramatta videos – Captured moments. A program of videos from Parramatta’s distant past and more recent times.
12.15pm – 1.00pm: If these walls could talk… How Council and Community Archives help to tell the story of the built environment, acknowledging the loss of many voices. Michelle Goodman, Archivist, City of Parramatta.
1.00pm  – 1.30pm: Parramatta videos – Captured moments. A program of videos from Parramatta’s distant past and more recent times.
1.30pm – 2.15pm: Voices: Indian settlement in Parramatta.Tracing the experiences, achievements and voices of Indian immigrants in Parramatta. Neera Sahni, Research Services Leader, City of Parramatta.

 

Thursday May 4, Heritage and Visitor Information Centre (Bookings required, limited places)
10.30am – 12.30pm: Research your family history. We share our tips for tracing your family history. Emma Stockburn, Research Facilitator, Genealogy, City of Parramatta.

 

Thursday May 11, Heritage and Visitor Information Centre (Bookings required, limited places)
2.00pm – 4.00pm: Research your house history. We share our tips for tracing your house  history. Caroline Finlay, Research Facilitator, Regional Studies, City of Parramatta.

 

Bookings are essential for the talks and workshops which are held at the Heritage and Visitor Information Centre, 346a Church St, Parramatta. Please ring 02 8839 3322, or put in a request through our on-line enquiry form.

 

Australian Heritage Festival –  Parramatta Experiment and Survival Tour

  • Journey back in time and discover how Government Farm saved the fledging Sydney colony from starvation, with a special guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage site, Old Government House and Domain in beautiful Parramatta Park. (The tour includes a rustic settlers’ lunch at Lachlan’s restaurant.)
  • Hear the fascinating stories of early attempts to grow crops, how the convicts helped to establish farms and the tough decisions faced by the Governor to ensure the colony would survive.
  • You’ll also have the chance to explore the Dairy Cottage, now one of the nation’s oldest buildings and home to George Salter, an ex-convict who built the cottage in 1796.
  • See Governor Macquarie’s sunken dairy and watch audio-visual displays that recreate life in the early days of European settlement and explain the history of the area’s traditional owners and earliest inhabitants. Book tickets.