World War One – Parramatta Soldier – Walter Williams

World War One – Parramatta Soldier – Walter Williams

Walter was the son of Sidney Williams of Smithfield (Poland Street), New South Wales. He was born in Smithfield and was working as a Storeman, aged 23, when he joined the forces on 12 December 1915.

He trained in England with the 36 Infantry Battalion before travelling to France on 22 November 1916. He was wounded in action on 16 January 1917 and re-joined his Battalion five days later. He was wounded for a second time on 12 October 1917 with a mild gunshot wound to the right knee and returned to England three days later where he remained in hospital, initially recovering and then with illness until returning to Australia on 19 February 1919 and being discharged due to medical unfitness on 25 May 1919.

 

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Researched by Chrissie Crispin, Volunteer, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2015

Macquarie Street Asylum and the Chinese Community

Macquarie Street Asylum and the Chinese Community

Macquarie Street Asylum in Parramatta, circa 1880. Local Studies Photograph Collection LSOP 114

“Parramatta has another feature of interest, and it is this that brings us here to-day. It is a veritable city of asylums – asylums for infirmity, asylums for orphanhood, asylums for papaurism, asylums for insanity, and asylums for crime”[I]

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Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

Centenary Square, Parramatta will be transformed by a dragon and lion procession, fireworks and more for Lunar New Year on the 3rd of February 2017. (more…)

Chinese Settlement in New South Wales

Chinese Settlement in New South Wales

Life for Chinese labourers in Australia before the 1850s was often one of physical hardship in harsh conditions. On the right, Chinese labourers in search of work walk along a winding country road past bullock teams. On the left, Chinese workers are clearing bushland. (more…)

Mak Sai Ying Aka John Shying

Mak Sai Ying Aka John Shying

Chinese migration and settlement in New South Wales has a long history. Records show that about 18 Chinese settlers had immigrated to Australia before 1848. The earliest known Chinese immigrant to arrive in Sydney in 1818 is reported to have been Mak Sai Ying (more…)

George (Guoc) Ah Poo

George (Guoc) Ah Poo

Born in Canton, China in 1843, George (Guoc) Ah Poo also known as George Harper arrived in the colony of NSW before 1862. Ah Poo was one of the many Chinese immigrants (more…)

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