The River – Special Members Viewing

Join us for a special morning tea and exclusive member viewing of Old Government House's new exhibition, The River: Burramatta to Cockatoo.

Opening in March 2023, Old Government House’s new exhibition “The River” will tell the stories of centuries of use of the Parramatta 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.

Members will have a special chance to view the exhibition and hear from Old Government House Curator, Anna Ridley, about its development and the many exciting discoveries that were uncovered along the way.

Afterwards, enjoy a scrumptious morning tea in the courtyard.


Images (L-R): The landing place at Parramatta, Port Jackson by George William Evans, c. 1809, courtesy of State Library of New South Wales; Little Coogee, a popular swimming and picnic spot on the river (image c.1920, courtesy Parramatta Park and Western Sydney Parklands Trust)


Event details

Members are invited to join us from 10am – 12pm on Thursday 9 March 2023.

This is a free event for current members of the National Trust only.  Please bring your membership card to present upon arrival.

Dietaries: Please contact the Old Government House team at or on (02) 9635 8149.

Access: Please note this exhibition is located on the top floor of Old Government House, up a flight of stairs.



How to book your tickets

Tickets are free for members and include access to The River exhibition, a 45 minute tour with Anna Ridley, Old Government House Curator, and morning tea.

Spaces strictly limited. Book via Eventbrite where possible, to guarantee a spot.



Please contact the property direct using the details below.


Image: Lake Parramatta in 2020, courtesy of City of Parramatta

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Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance
Parramatta 2150 NSW

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