Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

The Crescent

Alluvial flat within Parramatta Park which was once a billabong formed by the Parramatta River.

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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.