Explore the history of the Parramatta River over its centuries of use as a transport route and food source, and as a site for colonial houses, industrialisation and recreation.
Just near Old Government House the confluence of Darling Mills Creek and Toongabbie Creek form the headwaters of the Parramatta River.
This area was used by the local Burramatta people as a gathering place before the arrival of the British, and it was chosen for the settlement of Parramatta as the land was fed by the freshwater of the river.
“The River” will tell the stories of centuries of use of the River, including by the Burramattagal, and explore the impacts of colonisation and industrialisation on the River, its use for recreation and the current campaign to clean up the River to allowing swimming.
The exhibition will feature objects from the National Trust collection and on loan from the Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum and Parramatta Council.
Visitors will be able to explore the story of Subiaco House, a once grand colonial mansion demolished for an industrial site, learn about the early ferries, delight in the swimming spot of “Little Coogee” and become involved with the campaign to make the River swimmable again.
Images (L-R): Subiaco by Frederick Charles Terry, c. 1860, published by Degotardi & Co., courtesy of National Library of Australia; Bayview Park Baths Launch, courtesy of Parramatta River Catchment Group.
This exhibition runs Saturday 4 March – Sunday 26 November 2023 in accordance with Old Government House opening hours and days, as listed below.
Last entry at 3.30pm for 4pm closing.
Access: Please note this exhibition is located on the top floor of Old Government House, up a flight of stairs.
Special members-only viewing and morning tea also available. Click here for more info.
How to book your tickets
General Entry pricing applies. Your exhibition ticket also grants full access to the house.
Book via Eventbrite where possible, to guarantee a spot.
Please contact the property direct using the details below.
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