History

Top part and front facade of Parramatta Town Hall

Prior to colonial settlement, Parramatta was home to successive generations of Aboriginal peoples for thousands of years. As Australia’s first inland European settlement, Parramatta is often described as the ‘cradle of the colony’. Successive waves of migration and historical movements have helped to shape Parramatta’s rich and compelling history.

The City of Parramatta is committed to managing and preserving the objects, artefacts, structures, spaces and practices which are of historical significance to the community and enduring value to future generations.