City of Parramatta Council Archive Collection
Parramatta’s Council Archive holds important records that document the history of our local government. Holdings include: rate books, valuation records, plans, maps, photographs and other records created by Council as part of its business operations. The present Council began in 1861 and most records date from 1862.
Records in the Archive date from 1846, the earliest surviving minute book from Parramatta’s first municipal government, and include the records of the other preceding councils that are now all part of the City of Parramatta Council.
The Council Archivist can be contacted on 8839 3325
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Accessing the Archives
In NSW, access to records more than 30 years old is a public right and you are welcome to arrange to use this nationally significant collection. Access to the records is by appointment only….
More About Council and it's Archives
This council is an amalgamation of five electoral areas known as Wards: North Rocks, Epping, Parramatta, Dundas and Rosehill. The Archives holds the surviving records of these councils, including records dating back to the beginning of Parramatta Municipal Council in 1861.
Building Registers, Rate and Valuation Books
Building Registers, Rate and Valuation books contain information that can help in researching house histories, urban growth and family histories.
Minutes to the Meetings of Council
The Archives holds the minutes to Parramatta Council from 1861 as well as the other councils that amalgamated with Parramatta Council in 1948 and in 2016. These give details of the decisions and activities of the Council. They illustrate the physical development of the area as well as social changes in the community.
Posts from the Archive Collections
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...
Makeshift Pneumonic Influenza hospital, Melbourne, 1919. Source: Heritage Council of Victoria Parramatta prepares, and the pandemic arrives In January 1919, cases of the deadly pneumonic influenza pandemic sweeping the world were diagnosed in Australia, first in...
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...
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,...
It is reasonably common for Mayors and Lord Mayors in Australia to adopt the tradition of wearing the robes of office on special occasions such as formal functions, Council meetings and Citizenship ceremonies. An English tradition dating back to the 1300s, it is still...
The Red Gum Walk sign, Boronia Park, Epping, 1952. Source: City of Parramatta Council Archives In the dappled sunlight of Boronia Park in Epping, a mysterious and forlorn sign stands by an avenue of trees. Although now barely decipherable, writing on the...