Parramatta & District Historical Group

The object of the group is to encourage the appreciation of the history of both the Parramatta district and Australia.


Parramatta is the Cradle City of Australia, a cosmopolitan city with a concentration of unequalled historic heritage. There are more than 50 important heritage sites within easy walking distance in Parramatta, accessible on well made paths with excellent first class restaurants and accommodation nearby.


Parramatta was where the colonial settlement of 1788 flourished, offering land suitable to the growing of food. The many convicts who worked the land around Parramatta in the first 30 years gained their freedom and self worth, thereby establishing a vibrant community.


Trevor Patrick, group leader and president of Parramatta & District Historical Society, invites you to explore the city and discover its heritage. Make Hambledon Cottage House Museum your first point of contact when planning a heritage adventure.

Group Leader

Trevor Patrick
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Parramatta FerryThe ferry from Circular Quay Sydney is the most romantic way to come to Parramatta, you will be traveling in the wake of the first Governor, Arthur Phillip who sailed up the Parramatta River in 1788.


Hambledon Cottage is only a 10 minutes walk from the wharf, eastwards along the southern bank of the Parramatta River, look for the three, tall, signature Bunya and Hoop pine trees.


Hambledon Cottage is the Historical Society’s headquarters and is a museum depicting life in the colonial era where volunteer guides who are members of the Society conduct tours of the cottage and gardens.


Hambledon Cottage Historical DemonstrationsThe Lucas Gallery within the cottage features a history-themed exhibition which is changed three times a year. Members arrange regional coach tours on a regular basis and give history talks to interest groups. The Parramatta & District Historical Society holds General meetings and family history meetings monthly from February to November with guest speakers bringing a wide range of subjects to members and visitors.


Parramatta & District Historical Society Hambledon Cottage House Museum, Gregory Place, Harris Park NSW Car park available in the grounds. Bus passes front door and Parramatta Railway Station only 15 minutes walk. Open Thursday to Sunday 11am to 4pm, other days of the week by appointment.


Contact Details

Telephone (Cottage): [02] 9635-6924

Trevor: (02) 9654-2224 

Write: Secretary PDHS Post Office Box 1384, Parramatta NSW 2124

E-mail: [email protected]