Parramatta Stories

The team at the City of Parramatta Heritage and Information Centre is continually adding new stories about people, places and events from Parramatta’s rich history.

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Eastwood

Eastwood Falls on Terrys Creek near Albeura Rd Epping 1915 The indigenous history of Eastwood includes the period when the Wallumedegal people lived in the territory bounded by the Lane Cove and Parramatta rivers. Part of the Dharug group, their country was called...

Macquarie Timeline

1761 Lachlan Macquarie is born on the Isle of Ulva, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. Of six boys, only four survived – Hector, Donald, Lachlan and Charles – and one girl, Elizabeth. 1776 Macquarie joined as a Volunteer in the 84th Regiment, aged 15. 1778 Elizabeth Campbell...

Old Toongabbie, Joseph Smith, 1845

Joseph Smith, who was known as 'Smashem' because he spoke his mind, to high and low alike arrived as a convict in 1789. The following extract about his time as a convict was taken from 'Voluntary Statements of the People of New South Wales'. Collected by Caroline...

World War One – Commandant Dulce Davies Little

Miss Dulce Davies Little, who lived at Alice Street Harris Park, Sydney, was born in Parramatta on the 11 April 1894 to Thomas and Mary Little. Her baptism was registered at Saint John’s Church, Parramatta, on the 21 April 1894.[i] Miss Little became the Commandant of...

John Taylor – Auctioneer Part 3

John Taylor was born on 8 December 1827 in Parramatta. He was son of Hugh and Elizabeth Taylor. Hugh Taylor wanted his son John Taylor to become a lawyer but in early 1840s John had taken up an apprenticeship with James Urquhart, Parramatta’s coachbuilder. After six...

Hugh Taylor Jr – Part 2

Hugh Taylor jr was a son of Hugh Taylor. He was born on 19 March 1823 in Macquarie Street Parramatta. He went to King’s School. After leaving school he started butchering which he carried out very successfully. He was very passionate about Parramatta issues. Hugh was...

Hugh Taylor – Part 1

Hugh Taylor senior was born in England in 1794. Hugh Taylor senior, came to New South Wales under life sentence in 1815Life sentence is generally given to the repeated offender. Within 6 years of arrival, Hugh Taylor senior was given a Ticket-of-Leave in 1821 and...

St John’s Parsonage, Parramatta 1816-1909

St John’s Parsonage, Parramatta, was Francis Greenway's first major work as New South Wales, Acting Civil Architect. It is also the earliest documented house designed in the colony by a trained architect. In April 1816 James Smith signed an indenture, with Captain...

Parramatta Musical Comedy Company

Mr. Arthur J. Brown, a local identity and businessman, as well as the owner of AJ Brown Tiles, founded the Parramatta Musical Comedy Company with his wife Renee in 1950. Mr John Freeney, recalls how the company was a family affair for the Browns, with sisters Betty,...

The K13 Memorial – A Parramatta Man’s Story of Survival

At 304 Pennant Hills Road Carlingford is a small reserve containing a memorial to those officers and men of the Commonwealth who gave their lives in submarines while serving the cause of freedom. This memorial, named the "K13" memorial, is particularly dedicated to...

Parramatta Road Mural by Tom Thompson

Housed in the foyer of the old Parramatta Council Chambers building is an artwork significant for its relevance to Parramatta's history.  It was commissioned by Council to commemorate the opening of the new Council Chambers building in 1958 and the artist, Tom...

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