Staff at Parramatta District Hospital, c. 1890 (Source: City of Parramatta Council Local Studies Photograph Collection, LSP00098)
It can be assumed that Principal Surgeon John White planned hospital facilities at the new settlement at Rose Hill in a similar way to those at Sydney Cove on the landing of the First Fleet.
Book on one of the another fascinating Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre events being held during the Sydney Science Festval via this link: https://www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/living-community/sydney-science-festival-events
Join us on the evening of Weds 15 August for a fascinating journey through the past, present and future of cancer treatment at Westmead Hospital, the world-leading research and teaching hospital in Sydney’s West.
Portrait of Sydney Evan Jones as a medical student, c.1910. Source: Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery Photograph Collection
The ground-breaking career of Dr Sydney Evan Jones (1887-1948), one of Australia’s earliest psychiatrists and doctor on Sir Douglas Mawson’s expedition to the Antarctic, has strong connections to the Parramatta area. Parramatta is also Dr Jones’s final resting place.
On 4 April 1900, as Corporal Ben Harkus lay feverish and seriously ill with Typhoid in Bloemfontein Hospital, South Africa, his thoughts flew to his young family in faraway Parramatta.
On 3 March 2018, we hosted a rare screening of the the classic Australian war film 40,0000 Horsemen, to commemorate 125 years of our city’s own Regiment – the Parramatta Lancers.
From Baths to Box Office – Riverside Theatres in Parramatta, 1993. Source: City of Parramatta Archives Photograph Collection
In 2018, Riverside Theatres will celebrate 30 years of sharing stories on stage and screen. The popular and successful multi-venue performing arts centre will, over the next few years, undergo a process of redevelopment resulting in a revitalized and fit-for-the-future venue.  Reflecting the ongoing expansion of our city, this transformation will form the next interesting step in the history of where Riverside stands, a space long associated with gathering and recreation.
Emus in the zoo at Parramatta Park, c. 1930s (photograph donated to City of Parramatta Community Archives by the family of S.Davies)
In September 2017 it was announced a new world-class zoo, (more…)
‘Go the Eels’ banners adorn the Town Hall, 2001, City of Parramatta Cultural Collections, 2002.127
The connections between Parramatta and eels are strong and historic.  The word ‘eel’ derives from Old English and German, with similar pronunciations appearing in early Dutch and Norse languages. Stories of these fascinating and enigmatic creatures weave through early European folklore . When Europeans first arrived in the Parramatta area in 1788, finding eels in the local river was an important and welcome discovery. Indeed, the significance of the eels for the early colonists is reflected in the very name of our city: ‘Parramatta’, selected by Governor Phillip in 1791, is derived from the term for the area used by the traditional custodians meaning “the place where the eels lie”. The eels of Parramatta River have been significant to the Darug people for tens of thousands of years, and are the totem of the local Burramattagal clan. In more recent years, the eels have also given their name, and imagery, to the popular and successful local rugby league football club.
A significant figure in the history of Parramatta, Baludarri was a young Darug man who was living in the area when the Europeans colonists arrived in 1788. In early 1791, Baludarri befriended Governor Phillip, and joined the Governor’s expedition to the Hawkesbury, as a guide and translator. On his return, Baludarri started a fish trade with the European settlers. Baludarri fell ill with an infectious disease and died suddenly, aged approximately 17 years of age, in December 1791. (more…)