Local Studies Library (at the Heritage Centre)
The Parramatta Local Studies Library is located in the Parramatta Heritage Centre, and holds an extensive collection of local history and genealogical material.
The collection is Parramatta-centric but includes much that is of state and national interest. Access to the material is through the Parramatta Library catalogue and although reference material may not be borrowed, most items may be photocopied or printed for personal use.
Just some of the items that can be accessed through the library include:
- Reports (Archaeological and Heritage)
- Sydney Morning Herald on microfilm from 1831
- Local papers on microfilm
- DBM’s of most states
- Tombstone transcriptions
- Cemetery records state wide
- Large CDROM collection including Police and Government Gazettes
- Genealogical research kit
The library has extensive collections of multi-media to help you research your ancestry, house history and the local area. Maps and newspapers provide useful information and a glimpse into the past.
It also holds a large collection of photographs and includes images of historic buildings, churches, and street scenes in Parramatta and surrounding districts.
Displays of local and wider interests are a regular feature and patrons are invited to the free informal “conversations” that are held monthly. These sessions feature invited experts who talk on varied topics.
Research Facilitator – Genealogy
Wednesdays – 2pm – 5pm
Thursdays – 10am – 5pm
Fridays – 10am – 5pm
Saturdays – 10am – 2pm
Research Facilitator – Regional Studies
Mondays – 10am – 5pm
Tuesdays – 10am – 5pm
Wednesdays – 10am – 2pm
Thursdays – 10am – 1pm
Specialist volunteers are also available to assist with some enquiries.
The ferry arrives at the end of Phillip Street which is a 10 minute walk from Parramatta Heritage Centre.
Parramatta Local Studies Library is also serviced by the free shuttle bus; the route includes Phillip Street restaurants, Parramatta Station, Westfield, Parramatta Park, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Stadium, the Leagues and RSL clubs, and Eat Street (Church Street).
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