The area that is now Parramatta Park originally played a vital role in the lives of the Darug people, the traditional owners. Parramatta (known as Burramatta) is in fact one of the earliest sites of ancient Aboriginal occupation in Sydney, dating back 39,000 years.
European settlement of Parramatta began in 1788 when Governor Philip led an expedition through Darug country in search of farming land and established a colony by the river. Many colonial buildings and sites remain today.
The area officially become a ‘People’s Park’ when it was gazetted as such by the government in 1858.
Because of its well-preserved colonial heritage, Parramatta Park was one of 11 Australian Convict Sites included on the UNESCO World Heritage Register in 2010.