Lunar New Year around the world

Lunar New Year around the world

SIGNAGE – Year of the pig (Source: Anne Tsang)

City of Parramatta is home to a diverse multicultural community with 20 percent of the population with Chinese ancestry. Many people with Asian heritage will be celebrating Lunar New Year.[1] (more…)

Vietnamese New Year

Vietnamese New Year

Lunar New Year in Parramatta. Photo by Jay La Photography

(Source: City of Parramatta)

The celebration of the Lunar New Year has long been part of the Parramatta region and community. It is one of Parramatta’s most popular annual events. (more…)

Keeping Good Time: Clocks of Parramatta

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, through to the development of mechanical and, later, digital time-pieces.

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History of Mayoral Regalia

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, (more…)

Catholic Death Rites

Catholic Death Rites

St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Parramatta. Photograph by Caroline Finlay, City of Parramatta.

The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, was founded by Jesus Christ. It is the largest Christian Church in the world and one of the most important institutions in the history of Western civilization. (more…)

World War One and Indian Soldiers

World War One and Indian Soldiers

India played a significant part in World War One. The normal annual recruitment for the Indian army was 15,000 men, during the course of the war over 800,000 men volunteered for the army and more than 400,000 volunteered for non-combatant roles. In total almost 1.3 million men had volunteered for service by 1918. (more…)

World War One and Parramatta Nurses

World War One and Parramatta Nurses

Australia’s involvement in World War One began on 4 August 1914. Many who joined up believed that the war would be a great adventure, but none could have imagined the scale of the endeavour on which they were about to embark. Sadly, many of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, medical support staff and nurses didn’t make it home. (more…)

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