First Contact – The Imbalance of Power

Join this revealing walk to visit significant sites were Aboriginal and colonial history unfolded during the first 40 years of the colony.

As a centre of governance for New South Wales, Parramatta was where the first recorded diplomatic protests against dispossession occurred; where the annual Native Feast was held; and where the Parramatta Native Institute, widely recognised as the site of the first institutional removal of children, was located. Yet it was also a place where Aboriginals and colonists sometimes found ways to work together to mutual advantage.

This engaging tour focuses on interactions between the colonial government and the original inhabitants of this land, considering how and why these changed over time.

See also First Contact – Trade, Friendships and Conflict

This tour is suitable for adults and families with high school children, aged 11 years or over.

Bookings are essential. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time, for registration. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat, water and sunblock.

Event dates

Event Details

George Street Gatehouse, George Street, Parramatta, NSW

Meeting point is at the George Street Gatehouse, western end of George Street, Parramatta and one of the entrances to Parramatta Park.


10am - 12noon

Entry fees:
Adults $ 10, Children $ 10
Prebooking required 8839 3311
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
Limited free parking available in streets and within Parramatta Park. Paid parking at Hunter Street parking , Commbank Stadium with a short walk to venue