Join our researchers for a series of compelling talks – Death Rites – which will be held during History Week, 1 – 9 September, 2018 at Parramatta Library.
Bannelang [Bennelong] meeting the Governor by appointment after he was wounded by Will [Nille?] ma ring in September 1790. Source: Natural History Museum (London)
Barangaroo was an Aboriginal woman from the area around North Harbour and Manly. She was a member of the Cammeraygal clan, who were considered to be the largest and most influential group of the Eora, the Aboriginal people of the Sydney coastal region .
The Female Factory 200th Anniversary Podcast was prepared from a recording undertaken by Michelle Goodman [MG] interviewing Anne Mathews [AM] on 12 December 2017 at the Parramatta Heritage Centre for the City of Parramatta Council Archives.
North Parramatta, Female Factory, ‘Sleeping Ward’, built c.1825. Photograph: Peter Arfanis, City of Parramatta.
2018 marks the bicentenary of the largest and oldest surviving convict women’s site in Australia: the Parramatta Female Factory.
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor, Councillor Andrew Wilson was elected at a special Council meeting on Monday 25 September, with Councillor Michelle Garrard named Deputy Lord Mayor. (more…)
The City of Parramatta Council has been working with historians and researchers at Western Sydney University’s Institute for Culture and Society to explore stories of people moving in, through and around Parramatta. (more…)
We’re hosting a series of activities, workshops, talks and displays for Australia’s largest festival and celebration of heritage and culture: the Australian Heritage Festival. The theme for the festival in 2018 is ‘My Culture, My Story’.
The prosperity and growth across the eastern colonies which marked the years following the gold rushes of the 1850s was not sustained into the 1890s. In contrast, this decade was characterised by a sharp decrease in British investment in the colony leading to a banking crisis and the collapse of the Melbourne property market .
Plaque from City of Parramatta Council Chambers building. Date unknown. Parramatta Heritage Centre collections, 2006.146.
Parramatta was one of the first councils in Australia to depict Aboriginal people as a focal point for a crest which originated in 1862.
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…)