World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Private Horace Frederick Robinson

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Private Horace Frederick Robinson

Private Horace Frederick Robinson was a 19 year old clerk from “Roslyn”, Cowper Street Granville. He was born in Kent, England, to John Robinson, and was the younger brother of Henry James Robinson. He enlisted on 20 July 1915 and was assigned to 30 Infantry Battalion. His brother gave his official consent for Horace to enlist as a minor. He embarked with his unit aboard the HMAT “Beltana” A72 from Sydney on 9 November 1915. He embarked from Alexandria aboard the HMAT “Hororata” on 16 June 1916 to join his battalion, and disembarked at Marseilles on 23 June 1916. He was reported missing in France on 19 July 1916. The next day he was reported killed in action in France on 19 July 1916. He was buried in VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France. His name is displayed in the Commemorative Area of the Australian War Memorial.

Kimberly Russell – Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2017

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – – Private William Hugh Robertson

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – – Private William Hugh Robertson

Private William Hugh Robertson was a 22 year old grocer from Wilson Street, Wollongong, New South Wales, when he enlisted. He was born in Nowra and enlisted in Liverpool. He was the son of Mr John Robertson and Mrs Jessie Johnson Wallace. He had two brothers who were also soldiers in the Australian Army. About two years prior to enlisting he moved from Wollongong to Granville, where he was employed as a grocer. He enlisted on the 27 June 1915 and was assigned to the 1 Infantry Battalion, 9 to 12 reinforcements. He embarked with his unit aboard the HMAT “Argyllshire” from Sydney on 30 September 1915. He was taken on strength in Tel-el-Kebir on 6 January 1916. On 13 February 1916 he was transferred to the 53 Battalion. On 19 June 1916 he embarked from Alexandria and disembarked at Marseilles on 28 June 1916. He was wounded in action and reported missing in France on 19 July 1916. He was later discovered to have been killed in action on this day at Pozieres, France. He was buried in the Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La Chapelle-D’armentieres, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France. His name is displayed in the Commemorative Area of the Australian War Memorial.

Kimberly Russell – Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2017

Darug People and the Environment

Darug People and the Environment

Aboriginal peoples in the Sydney Basin would have experienced extreme climate change effects around 18,000 years ago as the ice sheets melted and inundated the continental shelf — perhaps forcing a movement westward.

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Perth House and Stables

Perth House and Stables

Perth House, 85 George Street, Parramatta

Perth House is aesthetically and technically significant. It is a single storey Colonial Victorian Georgian residence with a hipped roof to a central block with encircling verandahs. The verandah is paved with stone. It demonstrates a high degree of creative excellence, taste & lifestyle on a medium sized domestic architecture. Brick barrel drain runs along driveway and branches off towards St. John’s Cathedral. (more…)

Lebanese Migration

Lebanese Migration

In the late 1890s, a woman named Rosie Broheen migrated to Sydney after a three-month voyage from her home country of Lebanon, leaving her husband and children behind in a country experiencing political turmoil.

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Dragoon Horses For India – 1857

Dragoon Horses For India – 1857

Colonial Secretary’s Office,

Sydney, 11th September, 1857

DRAGOON HORSES FOR INDIA

The following official communication from the Government of India, notify that an officer is about to be dispatched for Sydney for the purpose of selecting horses suited to carry men in the Dragoon Guards, is published for general information. (more…)

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Private William Lawrence McKay

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Private William Lawrence McKay

Private William Lawrence McKay was a 22 year old laborer from the Parramatta branch of the Australian Gas-Light Company. He and his family lived in Cleveland Street, Sydney. He was single and a Roman Catholic. He was the son of Mr H McKay and Mrs Margaret McKay. He enlisted on 1 September 1914. He embarked with his unit from Sydney aboard the HMAT Euripides A14 on 20 October 1914. He was killed in action on 5 July 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey. He as buried in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey. His name is displayed at the Australian War Memorial in the Commemorative Area at site 41.

Kimberly Russell – Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2017

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