Old Government house is a recently listed World Heritage site, situated within 200 acres of parkland, and overlooking historic Parramatta. For decades Old Government House served as the residence of 10 of New South Wales early governors. The central block of the house was built over 300 years ago in 1799 by Governor John Hunter, however today’s appearance is mostly thanks to Governor and Mrs Macquarie, and current furnishings of Anglo and Indian influences (supplied by the National Trust’s collection of early colonial furtniture, which is currently the largest collection maintained within Australia) have been recreated to to represent the tastes and styles of Mrs Macquarie.
Walking around the grounds, you can still see evidence of the scars of ofstripped bark, due to Old Government House being build on Darug land, which was home to the Burramatta tribe. Other evidence of the history of this tribe is on show throughout the grounds with shells from Aboriginal middens, used to stregthen household mortar.
In July 2010, Old Government House was enlisted as one of the 11 Australia sites with strong links and history to convict transportation, and as a group are considered the best surviving examples of large scase convict transportation and European colonial expansion. The sites tell the story of one of the largest forced migrations the world has ever seen, along with the punishment and reform on many criminals through the Age of Enlightenment and into the modern era.
More information on the history can be found on wikipedia.
Guided tours of this historical site are available, offering group tours for more than 10 people, where you can experience Ghost Tours (on the third Friday of each month).
Other events include:
You can even hire the venue for your wedding , group function or seminar. They offer a marquee setup if required also.
OPENING HOURS & CONTACT DETAILS:
Old Government House is open Tues – Sun, 10am – 4pm and Mondays for group bookings only.
Parramatta 2150 NSW
Phone – (02) 9635 8149
ESTIMATED ENTRY FEES:
Adults – $9.00
Concessions – $6.00
Families – $24.00
Groups – $6.00 (per person)
National Trust Members – Free
For more information be sure to visit the official Old Government House page.