Acknowledgement of Country

The Traditional Owners of the Parramatta area are identified by local Darug people today, and in early historical accounts, as the Burramattagal or the Boromedegal people.  We acknowledge the First Nations people of Parramatta, their traditions, culture and shared history and identity. We also pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise the continued connection to Country. 

Discover Parramatta's rich history and learn about the remarkable artefacts that were uncovered and preserved during construction of the Parramatta Light Rail. 

Locals and visitors to Parramatta can immerse themselves in the unique history and heritage of Australia’s second oldest city, as part of a new exhibition: A Journey Through Time.

The exhibition features local historical information and artefacts that were carefully uncovered and preserved by heritage experts during the construction of the Parramatta Light Rail.

A Journey Through Time showcases many of Parramatta’s culturally significant locations and heritage sites along the light rail route. These include the culturally significant Cumberland Precinct, former Rum Corps Barracks at Robin Thomas Reserve, and a World War II air raid shelter uncovered at Camellia. 

Visitors will have an up-close view of some of the remarkable artefacts unearthed, such as tools and objects made by the land’s Traditional Owners and early colonies. 

Suitable for all ages and groups, the exhibition is an exciting opportunity explore and discover the treasures of Parramatta’s history and heritage for yourself. 

Tell us what you think about the exhibition when you visit for a chance to win a $100 dining voucher at Bay Vista Parramatta.

A Journey Through Time is available free of charge and for a limited time only.

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Location

Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre
346A Church Street, Parramatta

Admission    

Free of charge

Open to the public*:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10am to 4pm
Wednesday      10am to 4pm
Thursday 10am to 4pm
Friday 10am to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday Closed
   

*Please note we are closed for lunch from 1pm to 1.30pm daily.

Accessibility options

Pram and wheelchair access is available.

Contact

For visitor information please phone (02) 8839 3311.

FAQs

No (subject to change).

Yes, the exhibition is free of charge.

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10am to 4pm
Wednesday 10am to 4pm
Thursday 10am to 4pm
Friday 10am to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday Closed

Yes, although commercial photography is not permitted.

All the artefacts are easily visible in well lit display cases, however can not be touched to protect them from damage. 

The Parramatta Visitor and Information Centre is located beside the historic Lennox Bridge, a short 10 minute walk from both Parramatta Station and the River Cat ferry wharf. Please follow the signage near the light rail construction for pedestrian access and directions to the Centre.

Information about parking in the area can be found here.

Once the artefacts have been studied by relevant specialists and catalogued, a suitable repository location is identified for each of the object collections depending on factors such as their historical significance and where they were found. Repository locations are determined in consultation with relevant stakeholders, including City of Parramatta Council, Heritage NSW, registered Aboriginal parties and the Parramatta Light Rail Aboriginal Focus Group. Repository locations provide for both long-term safekeeping and public display.

For larger educational or group bookings please call our community enquiry number 1800 139 389 24 hour community information line or via email at parramattalightrail@transport.nsw.gov.au.

Food and beverages are not permitted in the exhibition space to ensure the preservation of our important collections. There are a number of food and beverage options nearby on Church Street, where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch or snack. Find out more.

Yes, COVID-19 protocols have been put in place, including physical distancing, increased cleaning and hygiene practices. Face masks are encouraged.

 

Exhibition panels

Exhibition label for Welcome banner
Welcome banner
Exhibition label for What is light rail? Parramatta Light Rail
What is light rail? Parramatta Light Rail
Exhibition text for 132 years of the T6 Carlingford Line
132 years of the T6 Carlingford Line
Exhibition label for North Parramatta
North Parramatta - St Patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery
Exhibition label for Cumberland Precinct
Cumberland Precinct
Exhibition label for Drains
Drains

 

Exhibition label for Always Was, Always Will Be
Always Was, Always Will Be
Exhibition label for Parramatta Gas Works
Parramatta Gas Works
Exhibition label for The former Camellia air raid shelter
The former Camellia air raid shelter
Exhibition label for The Military District
The Military District
Exhibition text for Lennox Bridge and transport infrastructure
Lennox Bridge and transport infrastructure
Exhibition label for Aboriginal stone tools
Aboriginal stone tools