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Named after its original inhabitants, the Burramatta people, Parramatta was Australia’s first viable colonial settlement and is a culturally & linguistically diverse city with multiple layers of stories to explore. Our collections record and reflect life in one of Australia’s most significant regions as it evolves.

You can browse and search 30,000+ items from these unique collections in our online database as we continue to digitise, document, photograph and add. Like Parramatta, our collections online will evolve over time.

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