For the 2016 Heritage Week the Parramatta City Council Research and Collection Services team are planning a series of free talks in the Charles Byrne Room at Parramatta Town Hall. These talks will focus on the heritage of Parramatta Square and how to research the history of your house and family. In addition there will be four free intensive workshops run at the Main Library. Bookings are essential and you can reserve a place at any of the events listed below by ringing our staff on 02 8839 3322, or put in a request through our on-line enquiry form.

Tues 19 April 2016

  • 11AM – 11.20 AM: Introduction to Parramatta collections and resources on-line (Charles Byrnes Room, Town Hall, Geoff Barker)
  • 11.30 – 12:00PM:  How to research your House history (Charles Byrnes Room, Town Hall, Caroline Finlay)
  • 12:10 PM – 12:25PM: Highlights of Centenary Square 1 (Hosts and Guides)
  • 12:30 0 1.00PM: Archivist talk on history of Centenary Square (Charles Byrnes Room, Town Hall, Peter Arfanis)
  • 12:30PM – 12:45PM: Highlights of Centenary Square 2 (Hosts and Guides)
  • 2:00PM – 3:00PM: Introduction to family History research workshop (Main Library, Emma Stockburn)
  • 3:00Pm – 4:00PM: Introduction to Archives, Museum, and Local Studies Collections, (Main Library, Neera Sahni)

Wed 20 April 2016

  • 11AM – 11.20 AM: Historic photographs of Parramatta (Charles Byrnes Room, Town Hall, Geoff Barker)
  • 11.30 – 12:00PM:  How to research local newspapers (Charles Byrnes Room, Town Hall, Neera Sahni)
  • 12:10 PM – 12:25PM: Highlights of Centenary Square 3 (Hosts and Guides)
  • 12:30 0 1.00PM: Curator talk on history of Parramatta Square (Charles Byrnes Room, Town Hall, Geoff Barker)
  • 12:30PM – 12:45PM: Highlights of Centenary Square 4 (Hosts and Guides)
  • 2:00PM – 3:00PM: How to research your house history workshop (Main Library, Caroline Finlay)
  • 3:00Pm – 4:00PM: How to research historic newspapers workshop including an introduction to TROVE, (Main Library, Anne Tsang)