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.
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.
More than 60,000 years of Indigenous history make up present day Parramatta’s city and surrounds.
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.
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.
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.
Discover some of the significant pieces of Australian history housed in Parramatta.
Discover the story of James Ruse’s transformation from convict to pioneering man of the land, the stuff of Australian legend.
Discover the history and how you can spend time in, on, above or beside the centrepiece of Parramatta.
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.
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.