Significant Aboriginal women: Barangaroo

Significant Aboriginal women: Barangaroo

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 [1].

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200 years of the Female Factory

200 years of the Female Factory

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.

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Andrew Wilson 2016-2019

Andrew Wilson 2016-2019

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…)

Waves of People Report

Waves of People Report

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…)

Heritage Festival 2018: May events

Heritage Festival 2018: May events

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’.
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John Paul – Blacksmith of Parramatta

John Paul – Blacksmith of Parramatta

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 [1].

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Origins of the City of Parramatta Crest

Origins of the City of Parramatta Crest

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.

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