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History and Heritage

The Parramatta River was a vital part of life for Aboriginal Darug clans, the traditional owners of the land who first called Parramatta home.

The river was also the reason for colonial settlement in Parramatta in 1788 as Governor Phillip sailed his fleet downstream to what is now Parramatta Park to establish the second colony. Now home to vital pieces of Australian past, discover the history and heritage of Parramatta.