Photograph project: A picture doesn’t always tell a thousand words

Photograph project: A picture doesn’t always tell a thousand words

Image of Horwood Street Car Park, Parramatta, c. early-1980s. Source: City of Parramatta Council Archives Photographic Collection

Over the years, the City of Parramatta Council has taken many photos to record its events, activities, buildings and achievements. One of the roles of the Parramatta Heritage Centre is to preserve these images in its archives.

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Pandemic in Parramatta: The Influenza Outbreak of 1919 (Part 1)

Pandemic in Parramatta: The Influenza Outbreak of 1919 (Part 1)

Commuters in Sydney wearing masks during the influenza pandemic, 1919. Source: The Australian

A global pandemic reaches Australia

In November 1918, as peace was declared and the guns of the First World War fell silent, people across the world began to succumb in great numbers to a deadly disease. Caused by a particularly virulent strain of pneumonic influenza, the illness was notable for taking the lives of an unusually high number of otherwise young and healthy people.

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Pandemic in Parramatta: The Influenza Outbreak of 1919 (Part 3)

Pandemic in Parramatta: The Influenza Outbreak of 1919 (Part 3)

Motions of Condolence. Source: Minutes of the Meeting of Dundas Municipal Council, 2 April 1919

Loss and recovery in Parramatta

As the pneumonic influenza pandemic took hold in Parramatta during the first few months of 1919, the small Parramatta District Hospital was only able to admit a handful of influenza patients, so those ill with the disease began to be directed to Lidcombe State Hospital, or the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown.[1]

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Gazing on green: The Trees of Parramatta

Gazing on green: The Trees of Parramatta

A spectacular tree in Parramatta Park (Source: City of Parramatta Council, 2012)

Trees across the Parramatta area make our surroundings more attractive and pleasant. They provide relief from heat and glare, improve the quality of the air we breathe, and help retain precious rainwater in our soil. Trees frame our memories and identity. For the traditional custodians of this land, the Darug people, trees hold particular cultural and spiritual relevance.[1]

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Keeping Good Time: Clocks of Parramatta

Keeping Good Time: Clocks of Parramatta

The Centennial Memorial Fountain in Centenary Square, Parramatta, 2017 (Source: Anna Namuren)

Devices have been used to measure the concept of time for thousands of years – from the tracking of the sun by obelisks and dials, to the use of hourglasses and waterclocks, through to the development of mechanical and, later, digital time-pieces.

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World-leading Westmead Hospital

World-leading Westmead Hospital

Aerial image of Westmead under construction, c. 1977 (Source: City of Parramatta Archives, ACC002/61/01)

In 2018, Westmead Hospital marks 40 years of service as a specialised tertiary referral hospital for the western Sydney area. Initially known as the Westmead Centre, the hospital was opened on 10 November 1978.[1]

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