200 years of the Female Factory

200 years of the Female Factory

North Parramatta, Female Factory, ‘Sleeping Ward’, built c.1825. Photograph: Peter Arfanis, City of Parramatta.

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2018 marks the bicentenary of the largest and oldest surviving convict women’s site in Australia: the Parramatta Female Factory.

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Dr Sydney Evan Jones: Mental health pioneer

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 expedition to the Antarctic, has strong connections to the Parramatta area. Parramatta is also Dr Jones’s final resting place.

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Andrew Wilson 2016-2019

Andrew Wilson 2016-2019

City of Parramatta Lord Mayor, Councillor Andrew Wilson was elected at a special Council meeting on Monday 25 September, with Councillor Michelle Garrard named Deputy Lord Mayor. (more…)

Parramatta Gaol Building Layout

Parramatta Gaol Building Layout

Parramatta Correctional Centre. Source: James Semple Kerr, commissioned by NSW Public Works for the Department of Corrective Services, 1995.

The Parramatta Gaol was built to accommodate maximum security prisoners. On the completion of wings 4, 5 and 6 it was able to accommodate between 400-500 prisoners ‘comfortably’ (more…)

Waves of People Report

Waves of People Report

The City of Parramatta Council has been working with historians and researchers at Western Sydney University’s Institute for Culture and Society to explore stories of people moving in, through and around Parramatta. (more…)

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