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Parramatta Post Office on Church St (year unknown). Sydney Australia, Western Australia, Commonwealth Bank, First Fleet, Aboriginal History, History Photos, Old Buildings, Post Office, Historical Photos

The Anderson Fountain, Parramatta – A Surgeon’s Gift | Parramatta History and Heritage

The Joint Stock Bank and Post Office in Church Street, Parramatta, circa 1930 The first post office was opened in Australia in April 1809 but it took nearly twenty years before the first post office was built in Parramatta, in 1828. The first post master in Parramatta was James Orr, who carried out his business from a hole in the wall at the back of the Court House. Orr also hired a postie to deliver letters around Parramatta, and postage was paid at the time of delivery. To get the mail to…

ARTICLE: From Dictionary of Sydney website - Children's institutions in nineteenth-century Sydney Historical Images, Historical Sites, Library Research, History Teachers, Tasmania, Western Australia, Family History, Geography, Sydney

The Anderson Fountain, Parramatta – A Surgeon’s Gift | Parramatta History and Heritage

Female orphan School, Parramatta, 1870-1875, photographer American & Australasian Photographic Company 1791 60 acres allotted to Surgeon Thomas Arndell on north bank of Parramatta River, east of Rose Hill (Parramatta). 1810 150 acres set aside for an Orphan School at Arthur’s Hill encompassing the former Arndell estate. 1813 Tenders for timber and bricks were called. 1813 September 24th Governor Macquarie formally lays Orphanage Foundation stone. 1814 Brickwork and roofing nearly…

Parramatta Heritage: The 'Red Cow' Inn Parramatta Cumberland County, Commercial Bank, Old Buildings, Historical Pictures, Tasmania, Western Australia, Old Photos, Colonial, Past

The Anderson Fountain, Parramatta – A Surgeon’s Gift | Parramatta History and Heritage

Red Cow Inn, Parramatta In colonial times most visitors to Parramatta would have had to choose between stopping over at one of its two most famous inns, The ‘Red Cow’ or the ‘Woolpack’. The first of these stood at the rear of the site of the present Commercial Bank in George street. While the name ‘Red Cow’ seems a little prosaic it was actually a very literal reference to the many red cows grazing in the pastures around the newly formed town. The earliest reference I could find to the inn…

Poster publicising the Anniversary Celebrations Parramatta Council Archives Vintage Travel Posters, Vintage Postcards, Posters Australia, Australian Vintage, Military Tattoos, Tasmania, Fireworks, Celebrations, Carnival

The Anderson Fountain, Parramatta – A Surgeon’s Gift | Parramatta History and Heritage

It promised to be an event of a spectacular nature seldom before seen in Australia. Ten days of pageantry and carnival at Parramatta from 27 October to 5 November 1938 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the second oldest settlement in Australia. Poster publicising the Anniversary Celebrations PRS16/001 Parramatta Council Archives A management committee made up of leading figures from the district was formed a year before the event to begin the final preparations for an event that promised…

Archive, Museum and Library Research about Parramatta, Western Sydney's cradle city

Roxy Theatre - Australian Cinema Entertainment Program 1930s

Held in the cultural collection at the Parramatta Heritage Centre is an entertainment program from the Roxy Spanish Theatre. This booklet lists a program of entertainment including a range of 1930s movies such as This is the Night with Cary Grant and No More Orchids with Carol Lombard. There are many other films listed on the packed program as well as boxing matches, wrestling, vaudeville and an organ recital. The Roxy Theatre opened on 6th February 1930 with a packed audience coming to…

Parramatta Heritage: Annual Meeting of the Aboriginal Tribes at Parrama. Aboriginal Culture, Aboriginal People, South Australia, Western Australia, Liverpool Museum, First Fleet, Botany Bay, Historical Images, Built Environment

The Anderson Fountain, Parramatta – A Surgeon’s Gift | Parramatta History and Heritage

Earle, Augustus, 1793-1838. The annual meeting of the Aboriginal tribes at Parramatta, New South Wales, the Governor meeting them [picture] [1826?] 1 watercolour ; 17.1 x 26 cm. (National Library of Australia) On the 28 December 1814 Governor Macquarie organised a meeting with local tribes at Parramatta to discuss the enrollment of children in a newly formed "Asylum for Native Children". At one o'clock Macquarie and his wife, accompanied by a number of civil and military officers, arrived at…

Parramatta Heritage: Boer War Memorial, Parramatta Park, by W. South Australia, Western Australia, Aussies, Amazing Pics, South Wales, Tasmania, Old Photos, Childhood Memories, New Zealand

The Anderson Fountain, Parramatta – A Surgeon’s Gift | Parramatta History and Heritage

Soldiers' Memorial, Parramatta Park, photographer unknown, 1904-1950, Parramatta Heritage Centre, LSOP00438 The Memorial to Parramatta’s involvement in the South African Boer War was unveiled 30 April 1904, by the Colonel James Burns, and Alderman William Noller along with J. Arundel and Walter Gates. Present at the ceremonies were Colonel Cox, who would ten years later garner even more fame in Palestine during World War One, Major Hiillard of the Lancer Regiment, Captain’s Mackenzie, Guyot…

Archive, Museum and Library Research about Parramatta, Western Sydney's cradle city Sydney Australia, Western Australia, Historical Images, Local History, Tasmania, Old Photos, Past, Places To Visit, South Wales

The Anderson Fountain, Parramatta – A Surgeon’s Gift | Parramatta History and Heritage

Lennox Bridge, looking south down Church Street, Parramatta Council Heritage Centre Collection David Lennox was born in Ayr, Scotland, and was trained as a stonemason. He was experienced in bridge building under the famous engineer Thomas Telford having worked on a stone bridge across the Severn in Gloucester and the Menai suspension bridge in north-west Wales. After the death of his wife, he sought employment in the colony arriving as an unassisted migrant in 1832. His talents were soon…

Parramatta Heritage: Australia’s Retail History - the David Jones building Parramatta. On the a Parramatta river. Gone but not forgotten P. Sydney Australia, Western Australia, Botany Bay, Vintage Medical, Historical Images, David Jones, Vintage Photography, Cemetery, Old Photos

The Anderson Fountain, Parramatta – A Surgeon’s Gift | Parramatta History and Heritage

David Jones car park, 1969, Parramatta City Council Archives The David Jones building on Church Street Parramatta was a permanent fixture since the early 1960’s and was seen as a bright star in the DJ’s galaxy. Yet over the years this shining light unfortunately lost most of its sparkle and in September 2002 the Daily Telegraph even referred to it as being a … dark and spooky store. In June 2013 the Meriton group had started the demolition of the building ending a part of Australian retail…

Gatehouse Tea Rooms Macquarie Street, Parramatta N. South Australia, Western Australia, Sydney Activities, Coffee Set, Coffee Cups, Australian Road Trip, Urban Cottage, Historic Homes, Historical Photos

High Tea Parramatta

Indulge in the best High Tea in Sydney. Gatehouse Tea Rooms is one of the oldest High Tea venues in Australia serving finest quality High Tea and snacks.