Little Known Stories From Parramatta’s History
By Natalie Popow
picture of 1919 pandemic, medical staff wearing protective equipment
Learn about the people of Parramatta whose footsteps you walk in every day. Discover these fascinating little known stories of Parramatta.
Indigenous Women dancing at WARAMI 2018
Warami 2020
2020 marks the second season of WARAMI, a festival commemorating Indigenous culture in Parramatta through a series of fun, educational and interactive online activities from 26 May to 5 July.
Elizabeth Farm reopens
Elizabeth Farm has re-opened to welcome visitors four days a week from Wednesday’s to Saturday’s with new digital content available on-site to enrich the visitor’s experience with a direct relevance to the people that lived there in times gone by.
Image of front of old government house and outbuildings
Old Government House Reopening
In time to welcome school holiday visitors, Old Government House will be reopened from Friday 3 July following the COVID-19 shutdown.
Front entrance Parramatta Visitor Information Centre
Visitor Information Centre reopening
Council is reopening the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am–2pm. There will be a limit of 20 customers in this facility at any one time.

The Research Library will be open for pre-arranged appointments only. To arrange please phone 8839 3322 or email localstudies@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.
Phillip Ruddock V Centre showing archaeological remains
Explore Parramatta’s 3D Archaeological history
This week is National Archaeology Week, a time to promote the importance of protecting Australia’s unique archaeological heritage so we thought we would share our project to preserve our Parramatta history and heritage.
World War One soldiers looking out from bunker
Parramatta's ANZAC Heritage
Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre has collated a large resource of biographies, photos and histories of the greater region ANZAC experience.
foyer of the Philip Ruddock Heritage Centre
Philip Ruddock Heritage Centre
The Philip Ruddock Heritage Centre juxtaposes the oldest and newest of Parramatta’s buildings. Visitors can look directly onto the foundations of the original settlement, gaining a glimpse into the lives of its earliest European residents.
view of front exterior of the Dairy Cottage
Dairy Cottage Precinct
Experience a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Dairy Cottage Precinct in Parramatta Park.
exterior sandstone frontage of Parramatta Orphan School
Female Orphan School
The Female Orphan School (1813) on the Parramatta Campus of Western Sydney University is one of the most significant heritage sites in New South Wales.
corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere 2116
(02) 9685 9210
view of St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral Parramatta
Parramatta Historic Churches
Parramatta’s two cathedrals, St John’s and St Patrick’s, are among the oldest and most historically significant churches on Australian soil.
historical, black & white photo of Parramatta Town Hall
Parramatta Town Hall
In the heart of the Parramatta central business district, on the edge of Centenary Square, stands an impressive salmon-coloured structure proudly bearing the words ‘Town Hall’.
a single-storey colonial cottage with picket fence in Parramatta Park
Parramatta Park
This spectacular, UNESCO World Heritage-listed park provides an idyllic space for the Parramatta and wider community to come together and tells a unique story of Australia's history.
Pitt and Macquarie Streets Parramatta NSW 2150
(02) 9895 7500
Front Exterior of Hambledon Cottage
Hambledon Cottage
Once home to the Macarthur family, today you can turn back time and experience Hambledon Cottage in all its glory as the cottage remains as one of Parramatta's preserved historical buildings.
Gregory Place & Hassall Streets Parramatta 2150
(02) 9635 6924
Two people looking at an historical building in Parramatta
Parramatta Heritage Trail
As the second oldest city in Australia, Parramatta’s history runs deep. Take a walk through the well-preserved historic sites and step back in time through the pre-settlement and early colonial years of the nation.
Experiment Farm cottage in historic Harris Park
Heritage of Harris Park
Even in this thriving city of close to a quarter of a million people, Parramatta has a rather unique ability to take you back into its history.
Historical Aboriginal artwork of the eel.
Parramatta’s Rich Aboriginal History
More than 60,000 years of Indigenous history make up present day Parramatta’s city and surrounds.
view of front entrance of Old Government House in Parramatta Park
Old Government House
Discover UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Government House, the oldest surviving public building in Australia right here in Parramatta.
Pitt and Macquarie Streets Parramatta NSW 2150
(02) 9895 7500
Aboriginal Cultural Activity
Six Indigenous Experiences in Parramatta
Learn about Burramatta culture – from Arrunga Bardo garden, where a wealth of bush food grows, to Third Settlement Reserve, where legendary warrior Pemulwuy battled against colonisation.
Parramatta Female Factory
Parramatta Female Factory
We take a look at the rich and significant history of the Parramatta Female Factory.
5 Fleet Street North Parramatta NSW 2150
5 Fleet Street North Parramatta 2150
Tour at Old Government House
11 Parramatta historical experiences
Discover some of the significant pieces of Australian history housed in Parramatta.
Experiment Farm
Experiment Farm Cottage
Discover the story of James Ruse’s transformation from convict to pioneering man of the land, the stuff of Australian legend.
9 Ruse Street Harris Park 2150
(02) 9635 5655
Parramatta River
Parramatta River
Discover the history and how you can spend time in, on, above or beside the centrepiece of Parramatta.
Elizabeth farm
Elizabeth Farm
A remarkable piece of Australia’s early European history sits modestly among the houses and flats of suburban Parramatta. Elizabeth Farm was the residence of wool pioneer John Macarthur and his family from 1793.
70 Alice Street Rosehill 2142
02 9635 9488
panoramic view across the early settlement of Parramatta
Convict Parramatta: self-guided tour
Guiding you from the grisly ‘Hanging Green’ to ‘God’s Acre,’ this tour traces the lives of convicts – where they lived, worked, rioted and were punished.
sporting memorabilia a cricket cap and historical photo
Research & Collection Services
City of Parramatta offers a Research & Collection Service which manages, preserves and documents the history of our local government area and the people, places, art, events, and natural and built environments which have contributed to the rich history of Parramatta’s communities.