Dictionary of Sydney

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Parramatta Park

Significant colonial landscape which was settled as a Vice Regal domain until a large public park was created in 1858. It remains a valuable place for recreation, social and cultural activity.

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Parramatta Park


Core territory of the Burramatta clan of the Darug people, the land that became Parramatta Park was the site of the first successful farm in the colony, and became the government domain in Parramatta. Since 1858, the park has been set aside for public use and it remains an important community space.

The Crescent

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Governor Phillip established Australia's first inland settlement, Parramatta, on a site called 'The Crescent' an area of flat alluvial ground contained by a bend in the river in the Burramattagal's traditional hunting grounds. The first Government House in Parramatta stood within The Crescent, and later the Governor's Dairy. The area was redeveloped in 2014 to host public events.