Our Archives

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

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,...

History of Mayoral Regalia

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: Civic commemoration, moving images and memory

     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...

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...

Dr Sydney Evan Jones: Mental health pioneer

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...

Origins of the City of Parramatta Crest

Plaque from City of Parramatta Council Chambers building. Date unknown. Parramatta Heritage Centre collections, 2006.146. Parramatta was one of the first councils in Australia to depict Aboriginal people as a focal point for a crest which originated in 1862. History A...

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