Dictionary of Sydney

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Government Farm Parramatta

Farm established on the rich river flats. Initial crops of wheat, barley, corn and oats helped to ensure the survival of the starving colony.

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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.