Our Archives

Parramatta City Council Archive Collection

Parramatta’s Council Archive holds important records that document the history of our local government. Holdings include: rate books, valuation records, plans, maps, photographs and other records created by Council as part of its business operations. The present Council began in 1861 and most records date from 1862.

Records in the Archive date from 1846 – the earliest surviving minute book from Parramatta’s first municipal government – and include the records of the other preceding councils – Dundas, Granville and Ermington & Rydalmere – that are now all part of Parramatta City Council.

 

The Council Archivist can be contacted on 8839 3325

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Accessing the Archives

In NSW, access to records more than 30 years old is a public right and you are welcome to arrange to use this nationally significant collection. Access to the records is by appointment only….

More About Council and it's Archives

This council is an amalgamation of four previous councils, namely: Parramatta Council, Granville Council, Dundas Council, and Ermington and Rydalmere Council. The Archives holds the surviving records of these four councils, including records dating back to the beginning of Parramatta Municipal Council in 1861.

Building Registers, Rate and Valuation Books

Building Registers, Rate and Valuation books contain information that can help in researching house histories, urban growth and family histories.

Minutes to the Meetings of Council

The Archives holds the minutes to Parramatta Council from 1861 as well as the other councils that amalgamated with Parramatta Council in 1948. These give details of the decisions and activities of the Council. They illustrate the physical development of the area as well as social changes in the community.

Posts from the Archive Collections

Origins of the City of Parramatta Crest

Plaque from City of Parramatta Council Chambers building. Date unknown. Parramatta Heritage Centre collections, 2006.146. Parramatta was one of the first councils in Australia to depict Aboriginal people as a focal point for a crest which originated in 1862. History A...

The Parramatta Eels

  'Go the Eels' banners adorn the Town Hall, 2001, City of Parramatta Cultural Collections, 2002.127 The connections between Parramatta and eels are strong and historic. [1] The word ‘eel’ derives from Old English and German, with similar pronunciations appearing in...

History Week 2017: Pop goes Parramatta

As part of History Week, hosted by the History Council NSW, the City of Parramatta Research and Collection Services team held an an open day - Pop goes Parramatta -  to collect your popular culture memories! Check out the details, and our Pinterest board showcasing...

Cambria Hall – A Hidden Cornerstone of Epping History

The Cambria, Epping showing ‘The Foundling’ c.1917. Source: Hazlewood Collection, State Library of NSW Travelling down the busy main thoroughfare of Epping today, it’s easy to overlook the building at 46 Beecroft Road. Nestled in a strip of small commercial and food...

The First Electric Street Lights in Parramatta

Street lighting maintenance unit, Parramatta and Granville Electric Supply Company, ca. 1928. LSP00837 The town of Tamworth in New South Wales pioneered electric street lighting in Australia in 1888, the same year that Parramatta Council’s Lighting Committee accepted...

Sydney Olympic Park and HomeBush Bay – A Brief History

On Homebush Bay - remains of at least four ships, hulls and barges - Photo by Steve Dorman Indigenous Owners Sydney Olympic Park is part of the traditional lands of the Wann clan, known as the Wann-gal. These lands stretched along the southern shore of the Parramatta...

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