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  • Old Government House

The River: Burramatta to Cockatoo

Saturday March 04 to Sunday November 26

Old Government House, Parramatta Park, Parramatta

  • WHAT: The River: Burramatta to Cockatoo
  • WHEN: 4 Mar 2023, 12:05 pm until 26 Nov 2023, 12:06 pm
  • WHERE: Old Government House, Parramatta Park, Parramatta
  • HOW MUCH: : National Trust Members – FREE, Adult - $15, Concession/child - $12 Family - $42 Children under 5 years – FREE


Explore the history of the Parramatta River over its centuries of use as a transport route and food source, and as a site for colonial houses, industrialisation and recreation.

Just near Old Government House the confluence of Darling Mills Creek and Toongabbie Creek form the headwaters of the Parramatta River.

This area was used by the local Burramatta people as a gathering place before the arrival of the British, and it was chosen for the settlement of Parramatta as the land was fed by the freshwater of the river.

“The River” will tell the stories of centuries of use of the River, including by the Burramattagal, and explore the impacts of colonisation and industrialisation on the River, its use for recreation and the current campaign to clean up the River to allowing swimming.

The exhibition will feature objects from the National Trust collection and on loan from the Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum and Parramatta Council.


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