The prosperity and growth across the eastern colonies which marked the years following the gold rushes of the 1850s was not sustained into the 1890s. In contrast, this decade was characterised by a sharp decrease in British investment in the colony leading to a banking crisis and the collapse of the Melbourne property market .
Lunar New Year – Year of the Dog (Source: City of Parramatta)
The celebration of the Lunar New Year has long been part of the Parramatta region and community. Lunar New Year is one of Parramatta’s most popular annual events. On 16 February, Parramatta will welcome the Year of the Dog. (more…)
On 4 April 1900, as Corporal Ben Harkus lay feverish and seriously ill with Typhoid in Bloemfontein Hospital, South Africa, his thoughts flew to his young family in faraway Parramatta.
Advertising (1888, October 6). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 5. Retrieved on 25/01/2018 from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article86269023 
Sing Choy’s smile and sonorous ‘Good Morning’ was described as ‘a feature of Parramatta town life’. (more…)
On 3 March 2018, we hosted a rare screening of the the classic Australian war film 40,0000 Horsemen, to commemorate 125 years of our city’s own Regiment – the Parramatta Lancers.
7902 Private Charles James Cooper, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 (more…)
Edward William O’Sullivan, printer, journalist and politician – portrait, ca. 1895-1905 / unknown photographer. Image Source: State Library of New South Wales.
Edward William O’Sullivan was born on St. Patrick’s Day, 17th of March, 1846 in Launceston, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) . O’Sullivan’s career began as a ‘printer’s devil’, a phrase that refers to an apprentice who undertakes odd jobs in the printer’s office such as maintaining ink tanks .
From Baths to Box Office – Riverside Theatres in Parramatta, 1993. Source: City of Parramatta Archives Photograph Collection
In 2018, Riverside Theatres will celebrate 30 years of sharing stories on stage and screen. The popular and successful multi-venue performing arts centre will, over the next few years, undergo a process of redevelopment resulting in a revitalized and fit-for-the-future venue.  Reflecting the ongoing expansion of our city, this transformation will form the next interesting step in the history of where Riverside stands, a space long associated with gathering and recreation.
Henry was the son of Anna Brodie of Victoria Street, Smithfield , New South Wales. (more…)
7767 Driver George Richerby Mallinson, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 (more…)