11373 Gunner Joseph Bonaventure McDuff, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920
We’re hosting a series of activities, workshops, talks and displays for Australia’s largest festival and celebration of heritage and culture: the Australian Heritage Festival. The theme for the festival in 2018 is ‘My Culture, My Story’.
The Lennox Bridge, Parramatta (Source: Local Studies Photographic Collection LSOP 896, Parramatta Heritage Centre, City of Parramatta)
Lennox Bridge – Time Line – 1796 to 2016
1790: July – Town of Rose Hill (later Parramatta) marked
1794: First (wooden) bridge over the river at Parramatta Constructed
1795: Wooden Bridge swept away by floodwater (more…)
Governors of New South Wales
The Governor is appointed by the Sovereign and is her representative in New South Wales. The Governor is the formal head of state in New South Wales. (more…)
From March to April 1918 sections of the Australian Imperial Force played an integral part barring the German offensive on Amiens, France. Among the many stories of courage and sacrifice that emerged from this engagement were two that relate directly to soldiers linked to the Parramatta and the surrounding district and which are described in Bean’s account. (more…)
During the raid against Amman, the town of Es Salt was captured by the 3 Light Horse (more…)
Elmore was the son of Mrs Maude Gane of Guildford (Calliope Street), New South Wales, who was a 20 year old Telephonist when he joined the forces on 31 May 1916. He was serving with the 20 Infantry A.M.F. Unit at time of enrolment and was assigned immediately to the rank of Acting Corporal with the 53 Infantry Battalion, 7 Reinforcements.
He travelled to England onboard ʺAscaniusʺ disembarking at Devonport on 28 December 1916. He then attended the School of Musketry in Tidworth, England where he qualified 2nd class with a fair knowledge of the Lewis Machine Gun. He was transferred to the 1st Machine Gun Company and travelled to France via Folkstone and was taken on strength on 11 October 1917. In December 1917 he returned to hospital in England with trench feet where he stayed until returning to Australia on March 22 1918 to be discharged due to medical unfitness on 22 May 1918.
Neera Sahni, Research Services Leader, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2018
The biographical information has been researched and compiled from the following resources:
- Australian War Memorial – https://www.awm.gov.au/
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission – http://www.cwgc.org/
- National Archives of Australia – http://www.naa.gov.au/
- National Library of Australia Trove Digitised Newspapers Database – http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper
- Parramatta and District soldiers who fought in the great war, 1914-1919. (1920). Parramatta, N.S.W. : The Cumberland Argus Ltd. – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9iAn5sxT0i8ZHgyZjR2UHRxVUU/edit
- The National Archives (UK) – http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
- University of New South Wales Canberra The AIF Project – https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/index.html
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.