Tales from the East focuses on the the relationship between India and colonial Australia, which began in 1788 with the arrival of the First Fleet.
Please note: Old Government House is closed on Monday’s. This exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sunday only.
In 1810 Governor Lachlan Macquarie arrived in New South Wales after spending 20 years as part of the British military campaigns in India, and brought with him strong Indian connections and influences. As with many of the army men who served in both India and New South Wales, Macquarie favoured Anglo-Indian designs in architecture, furniture and interior decoration, as well as serving meals based on Indian spices and curries. India was a also major source of resources for the growing colony; with ships trading between the two, particularly bringing textiles and food.
The exhibition features these strong connections in displays of Anglo-Indian men and women’s clothing, furniture, silverware and explores how Macquaries’ time in India influenced his role as Governor of New South Wales.
This exhibition – while having a strong Colonial theme – was also developed to recognise and celebrate the Australian Indian communities that reside in Western Sydney today.
Tales from the East will be accompanied by a vibrant schedule of public programs starting in March and ending in August 2018. Watch this space (and follow us on Facebook) for more updates on this exhibition celebrating not only our colonial past, but that also recognises the incredible cultural landscape of Western Sydney today.
$16 – Adult
$14 – Concession
$14 – Groups
$8 – Child
$35 – Family
$10 – NT members; $5 – NT child
$9 – NT groups;
$20 – NT family
Joint Entry with Experiment Farm Cottage
$18 – Adult
$16 – Concession
$40 – Family
NT access to EFC for free
Public Programs: Parramatta Lecture Series
Fashion for India – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
Saturday 26 May, 10.30am – 11.30am
Textile historians and curators Lindie Ward & Leimomi Oakes will explore how Indian textiles & dress influenced Western fashion in the 18th & 19th century.
Finding “George Jarvis”
Saturday 18 August, 10.30am – 11.30am
Historian Robin Walsh and author Roanna Gonsalves will explore different approaches to finding the elusive figure of “George Jarvis”, Governor Macquarie’s Indian manservant.
Cost per lecture: $10 NT members, $15 non-members
Parramatta Lecture Series held at UNE Parramatta Campus Lecture Theatre, level 1, 232 Church Street, Parramatta. Bookings: Old Government House – 02 9635 8149.