First Contact – Trade, Friendship and ConflictParramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre

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First Contact – Trade, Friendship and Conflict

Join our experienced guide on this walk to hear the hidden histories unfold of dispossession, trade, friendships and frontier conflicts

As the site of the extensive government farm and the colony’s first land grants, Parramatta was a place where dispossession of land strongly impacted the lives of Aboriginal people, and so it became a major focus for the early frontier conflicts.

Yet Parramatta was also the setting for a range of largely forgotten stories of trade, co-operation, assistance – and even some unlikely friendships. Enjoy a rare opportunity to look closely at the lives of individual Aboriginal people and consider the complex nature of first contact.

See also First Contact – The Imbalance of Power

This tour is suitable for adults and families with high school children. The route is partly along unfenced waterways and shared pathways. Carers must supervise any younger children in their care, who must be able to keep up with the pace of the group.

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

Event dates

Event Details

Parramatta Ferry Wharf, Charles Street, Parramatta, NSW

Meeting Point is the Parramatta Ferry Wharf at the end of Charles and Phillip Streets


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 street parking available, paid parking at East Street Car Park on Phillip Street