Indians in Parramatta for Australian Horses – 1820s

Indians in Parramatta for Australian Horses – 1820s

‘The new mode of shipping horses to India’- ramps were safer and faster than slings – wood engraving, 1880.  State Library of Victoria.

Indian Australians are Australians of Indian Heritage. A study of DNA has found that Indian people may have come to Australia around 4000 years ago. (more…)

India’s untold story in Australia

India’s untold story in Australia

Let’s look back and explore the centuries old contributions of Indians to the development of Australia. Australia’s multicultural phenomenon is not a recent one. During 19th and 20th century people from Britain, (more…)

Bushrangers in Parramatta – Part 2

Bushrangers in Parramatta – Part 2

Bushranger’s flight by artist S T Gill (1818-1880) published by James J. Blundell & Co. Melbourne Victoria [1856]

Throughout the first half of the 19th century bushrangers roamed the Parramatta district plundering farms and bailing up travellers along the roads linking the settlement at Sydney Cove with the town of Parramatta.

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Bushrangers in Parramatta – Part 1

Bushrangers in Parramatta – Part 1

Bushrangers’ Camp by S T Gill artist, (1818-1880), c. 1871

From the time of the establishment of the European settlement at Sydney Cove in January 1788, members of the largely convict population attempted to break free from government control and regulation. (more…)

World War One – Parramatta Soldier – Allan Colquhoun

World War One – Parramatta Soldier – Allan Colquhoun

Allan was the son of George Colquhoun of Guildford and nephew of Mr and Mrs Andrew Colquhoun of Belmont Street, Loftus Park, New South Wales. He was a saddler, born in Glebe, New South Wales and was 18 years and 4 months when he joined the forces on 11 November 1915.

He served with the 13 Infantry Battalion, 15 Reinforcements in France and Belgium between 24 September 1916 and 11 April 1917 when he was declared missing in action. It was later found that he had been captured in Reincourt on 11 April 1917 and interned as a prisoner of war in Germany. On 2 June 1917 the Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate reported,

Private Allan Colquhoun aged 20 years, son of Mr Geo. Colquhoun of Guildford and nephew of Mr and Mrs Andrew Colquhoun of Belmont-street, Loftus Park. He is reported missing in France. He was in the cadets and was afterwards transferred to the citizen forces, shortly after which about two years ago he joined the Coo-ees as they passed through Parramatta. He was in camp at Liverpool and went thence to Egypt and England and has been in the firing-line about six months. He enjoyed the best of health in France.

On 1 December 1918 he was repatriated to England before returning to Australia on 5 March 1919.

 

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

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

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