Old Government House Parramatta
Parramatta, NSW
  LAST UPDATED: 30 September 2014
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OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE IS NOW ON THE WORLD HERITAGE REGISTER.
Following much anticipation, Old Government House and Parramatta Park have been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The prestigious listing of the 11 convict sites was made early on Sunday morning, 1st August 2010, when the United National World Heritage Council met in Brasilia, Brazil.

The world heritage listing of Old Government House confirms the global significance of the site. Convicts helped build this country and the process of convicts being shipped over from Britain in the colonial era is part of the global story of colonization, slavery and humanity.

The 11 sites included on the world heritage list tell the story of the largest forced migration in global history. Their protection as world heritage sites will help preserve this heritage for the benefit of future generations.

Old Government House, Parramatta, is the oldest remaining public building in Australia, and together with its site, one of the most historic. Its history traces back to within a few months of the establishment of the penal colony and Sydney Cove in January 1788 and is closely associated with all the early Governors of New South Wales, prior to the granting of responsible government in 1856. The house also contains a major collection of Australian colonial furniture.

The Friends of Old Government House & Experiment Farm Cottage was formed as a fund-raising body to help maintain the House and its collection.

The Friends conduct ghost night tours, social occasions, informative lectures and exhibitions, the proceeds of which assist in the maintenance of the property.




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