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    VISIT THE NSW LANCERS BOER WAR MEMORIAL

    by DennyP Updated Jan 16, 2012

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    BOER WAR LANCERS MEMORIAL PARRAMATTA PARK
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    Located in Parramatta Park is a Tall significant sandstone memorial standing alone guarded by heavy cannon...A very Important War Memorial (the first) to The New South Wales Lancers that fought in the Boer War 1899-1902 . This Regiment dates back to the formation of the Sydney Light Horse Volunteers in January of 1885 and is one of the longest serving Regiments in the Australian Army and today is still in service as the 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers. The regiments name today derives from the 1st New South Wales Lancers and the 15th Hunter River Lancers becoming amalgamated in 1956 thus becoming the 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancer Regiment.
    This regiment has an alliance with the 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards. The Colonel in Chief of the Regiment is HRH Prince Charles The Prince of Wales..
    This contingent of New South Wales volunteers Lancers were the first Australian troops to arrive in South Africa for the Boer War Campaign.
    This campaign was one of the first wars that Australia was involved in and was to show the solidarity of Australia within the Commonwealth of its commitment to the war.
    The memorial stands tall with its four columns supporting its sandstone roof with ornate stone cornice with cannon atop along with the inscription in Gold Leaf: PARRAMATTA DISTRICT SOLDIERS MEMORIAL. There is an interior marble plaque depicting the names of the Lancers that were lost in the campaign.This also has above a short broken column denoting the shortness and the breaking of these troopers lives.. The memorial is surrounded by a low green wrought iron fence.
    The monument was unveiled on the 23rd of April 1904. Inside the memorial is a dedication to five local troopers of the NSW Lancers that were killed in the South African Boer War campaign. It is interesting to note that the four sand stone columns were saved when the Parramatta courthouse was demolished in 1903 and then added to the memorial. Beside the memorial are large cannon "on guard" these heavy cannon were removed from shore batteries that were in place too protect Port Jackson from naval attack in the 1850;s
    I have always been very interested in this military History of the Lancer Regiments as my dad was a "trooper" in the Australian Light Horse ..See my Tip on the Lancer Barracks here in Parramatta..

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    VISIT ELIZABETH FARM..OLDEST COLONIAL HOUSE

    by DennyP Updated Dec 21, 2011

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    ENTRANCE TO THE ELIZABETH FARM..PARRAMATTA
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    John Macarthur was a soldier that arrived in Sydney in 1790 with the infamous and notorious second fleet..He was accompanied by his wife Elizabeth and their infant son..being a resiliant soldier he worked his way through the system to be The Inspector of Public Works and in 1793 was given a grant of 100 acres .. his then position and being in charge of convict labour and building materials he had no trouble having built this marvellous old classic home for his wife Elizabeth and their infant son..This is a great example of an early colonial bungalow..building commenced in 1793.He so named the house and farm after his wife .so succesful were the Macarthurs with their early flock of sheep..they became the pioneers of the Australian wool industry..Parramatta in the early 1790's was a very prosperous agricultural area..
    The gardens here are vast and well cared for they are a re-creation of an 1830's garden..The house being under National Trust is in amazing condition and is a real museum ..but with no barriers ..you can walk through all of the house and even sit in the chairs ..The house was clearly built for the Australian heat in mind and all windows and doors I noticed open right out to let in the breeze ..and all have shutters also..There was a fire burning in the wood stove and a big kettle on the boil...the kitchen was large ..and all the antique furniture here is an exact replica of the original furniture..The house stayed in the hands of the Macarthurs for nearly a century when it was sold and the land subdivided..then it had many different owners..Today it is in the hands of the National Trust..
    There is a Tea roon where you can obtain light refreshments..there are tables and chairs under trees and umbrellas..that were nearly all occupied...I had the freshly made "hot"scones with strawberry jam and cream....couldn't resist the wonderful aromas wafting from the kitchen...they were ..I must admit a little self indulgent ..but why not!!..but I wasn't the only one...smile...
    Access to the house is available for wheel chairs everywhere except the kitchen..which can be viewed from the doorway..
    OPEN FRIDAY TO SUNDAY TO THE PUBLIC..THERE IS A SMALL ENTRY FEE..
    CLOSED GOOD FRIDAY AND XMAS DAY.....CONCESSIONS ARE AVAILABLE..

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    VISIT THE SITE OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST MARKET

    by DennyP Written Dec 21, 2011

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    Site of First market and fair held in Sydney
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    Located in the heart of Parramatta is the site of the first market ever held in Australia on the 12th January 1813. Parramatta being the site chosen for its fertle soil and most of all its access to water was where the food came from to feed the new Colony. The Colony was due to fail because of its lack of water.There was an abundance of water in the city but had not been found.The majority of the fruit and vegetables grown in the area were taken to the city of Sydney for sale. Much of this food was sold at the market place in Parramatta.
    The site today is directly outside the Parramatta Town Hall. so if/when you are in Parramatta have look at this local historical site.

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    VISIT OLD GOVERMENT HOUSE

    by DennyP Updated Dec 21, 2011

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    THE OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE IN PARRAMATTA
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    The Old Goverment House in Parramatta is the oldest surviving Government building in Australia. Located in Parramatta Park this lovely old building has been restored and is caringly originally furnished in the Maquarie period who was the then Govenor (1810-1821).
    This large building of the time was built over a period of nearly twenty years (1799-1818). This period was shared by two Govenors being Governor John Hunter and Governor Lachlan Maquarie.
    This is a very historical Australian building and can be enjoyed by everyone. The intereior of the building is well restored and is a step back in time as to how the landed gentry lived.This is a fine example and one of the best collections of early colonial Australian furniture in the country..

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    OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE - PARRAMATTA

    by balhannah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Old government house

    Old Government House is the oldest remaining public building in Australia.
    Every Governor from Phillip to Fitzroy spent some time in residence at Parramatta.

    The existing building is located on the site of the original small house built in 1790 for Governor Phillip. A larger residence was built in 1799 by Governor Hunter to replace the smaller home, with still improvements being made until 1816. It was used as a Vice-Regal residence until 1855.
    The restored National Trust building was officially re-opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1970.

    Old Government House is open for guided tours and functions.

    OPEN... Tuesday to Friday - 10:00am to 4:30pm (last tour at 4pm)
    Weekends and Public Holidays - 10:30am to 4pm, Mondays - booked groups only.
    ADMISSION
    National Trust members free, adults $9, concession $6, families$24, groups $6pp.

    A joint ticket for both Old Government House and Experiment Farm Cottage can be purchased which includes a 10% discount on National Trust shop merchandise and dining at Lachlan's Restaurant at Old Government House - adults $13, concession $9, family $35.

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    VISIT THE LANCER MILITARY BARRACKS & MUSEUM..

    by DennyP Updated Oct 3, 2010

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    ORIGINAL COLOURFUL LANCERS UNIFORM TUNIC
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    I have lived in Parramatta for awhile now and it is only today that I got to visit The Lancer Barracks and the Lancers Memorial Museum..home to the 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers..The oldest continuous serving regiment in Australia.. a regiment going back to 1885..The Regiment dates from the inauguration of the Sydney Light Horse.and holds more battle honours (21) than any other regiment and is the most highly decorated unit in the Australian Army ...
    ..and as my father was a trooper in the Australian Light Horse..This is a place I have long time wanted to visit...Often seeing the Lancers dressed as Light Horsemen and marching (horsed)with their "feathered hats".. in the Anzac day march commemorations..always stirred the desire to visit their barracks in Parramatta..
    The Lancer Memorial Museum here is a great detailed history of The Lancer Regiment from the Boer War till now (from when they were Lancers with horse... to the mechanised regiment of today)..The Memorial Museum is situated in a two storey sandstone building called "Linden House"(built 1828) originally was an officers quarters..till 1840 when it became a school.. (that building used to be outside the barracks area)...and as it was in private hands it was donated to the regiment in 1963 and was moved from an area 500 meters away.. it was then demolished and..brick by brick rebuilt on its present site by the parade ground...The Lancer Barracks today is a working military establishment and The 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancer Regiment is a mechanised regiment with some personnel currently serving in the middle east..being a working military base..one has a volunteer guide to show you around the area..which includes the Parade Ground ...The Museum..and many old military vehicles parked nearby by the paradeground..The Museum is not run by the Australian army but by volunteers..There is a small charge for entry..and well worth it..
    The Linden House building was dedicated on March 1st 1981 as a Memorial to the members of The New South Wales Lancers ..(campaigns) South Africa..1899-1902
    1st Light Horse Regiment AIF.. Gallipoli,Sinai-Palestine 1914-1918
    1st Armoured Regiment (RNSWL) AIF ..New Guinea,Borneo 1939-1945..
    OPEN EVERY SUNDAY FOR INSPECTION FROM 10..AM TILL 4.00 PM

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    Parramatta Railway Station

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 23, 2010

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    The Parramatta Railway station is the major transport hub in Parramatta. The Blue Mountain, Cumberland and Western line run here. The station is very large and is a major hub of activity. Liz and I caught a train from Parramatta back into the city. The schedules are clearly posted on monitors and the station is very clean and in good condition.

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    St John's Cathedral

    by cjg1 Updated May 5, 2010

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    St. John's Cathedral is an Anglican church in Parramatta. It is the oldest Church in Parramatta having been built in 1803. Our visit to Parramatta was during the summer and the Cathedral was surrounded by beautiful red and yellow flowers. Liz loves old churches and this particular one reminded her of her travels through the English countryside.

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    Blaxland Riverside Park

    by AusPinay Written Mar 7, 2010

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    This place is in the quiet part of Olympic Park and not many people come here as it is a bit far off from Olympic Park itself. However, I read about it, being a new area, we checked it and were not disappointed!

    There are lots of artistic elements incorporated in the design of this park. Of course you will see heaps of bush trails leading to the ferry wharf which ends up in one part of the mighty Parra River. It is a heavenly place!There are artworks described as part of SCULPTURES BY THE SEA

    Picnic tables are lined up with the views of the river and there are numerous water features as well. It is a fantaastic place for families to spend time with each other.It is a peaceful and extremely clean and organised area to visit!

    Do come here early as the parking can get busy. We had to park right at the front and walk about 50 metres or so to the ferry wharf. But is was all worth it! We enjoyed our picnic there tremendously. There is a kiosk but one tip- the other side of the kiosk.resto is more quiet and that's where we stayed! The kiosk side is a bit crowded and filled with skaters, cyclists, etc.

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    PARRAMATTA PARK - Points of interest

    by balhannah Updated Mar 1, 2010

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    This is a real interesting historical place to visit.

    Other things to see are : .......

    The Bath house,..... was designed by a Convict architect in 1822, and built for the Governor of Brisbane to soothe his Arthritis in 1823. Water was pumped to the Bath House through pipes from the nearby river, while used water was run off through drains of tunnelled brickwork and into a nearby duck pond. On 25 April 1976, the Bath House was classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW)

    Boer War Memorial, .......Located on the high ground on top of the Crescent area, this Memorial was unveiled in 1904. The Cannons are from the shore batteries that protected Port Jackson in the 1850's. The cannon on top of the memorial is one of six nine-pounder field guns acquired by New South Wales in 1856 intended to be part of the defence of Port Jackson also.
    The four Doric columns and the entablature blocks and the cornice are from the Parramatta Courthouse and the broken pillar in the centre of the memorial signifies "life broken short" to remember the lives lost in the War.

    The memorial is an important example as the Lancer Barracks which is still located in Parramatta. They were the first Australian troops to arrive in Africa in 1899 to serve in the Boer War. 100 Lancers including several from Parramatta and surrounding districts served there.

    check the website for details how to reach Parramatta.

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    THE DAIRY @ PARRAMATTA PARK

    by balhannah Written Feb 26, 2010

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    Dairy area

    Built between 1798 and 1805, the Dairy Cottage was originally a one room cottage and is one of the earliest surviving cottages in Australia today. It was originally built for the ex-convict George Salter.

    During the period 1814 - 1816, the cottage was converted to a Dairy and a sunken dairy room (milk room) was constructed beside the original cottage. This milk room was located under one of two pavilions added to each side of the Dairy by Governor Macquarie. The sunken milk room still remains today AND can be viewed beneath the nearby Ranger's Cottage which was built in 1875.

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    PARRAMATTA PARK (Governor's Domain -Old name)

    by balhannah Updated Feb 23, 2010

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    Tudor gatehouse built 1885
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    This is one of the earliest sites of Aboriginal and European contact and is one of Australia's most important cultural landscapes.

    Its history is the story of our Nation...'AUSTRALIA'

    I found quite a few interesting historic buildings here, archaeological zones, nice lawns just beckoning me to stay and have a picnic lunch!

    There are 4 Entrances (gates) into the park. These all were of interest!
    The Tudor gatehouse was built in 1885 and the Macquarie street gatehouse in 1887. Through one of these gates, you enter the park.
    You will see Old Government House, Australia's oldest surviving public building. It was built by Governors John Hunter and Lachlan Macquarie between 1799 & 1818

    OPEN......Gates open 6 am to 6pm (6 am to 8 pm during Daylight Savings).
    The Queens Road gate opens 10 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday.

    Either take the Train or the Ferry from Sydney.

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    Take a Walk Around Olympic Park

    by AusPinay Written Jul 14, 2009
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    Sydney Olympic Park is Australia's most important and diverse urban precinct surrounded by one of the largest urban parklands in the world. Each year more than 8.2 million visitors come to Sydney Olympic Park to enjoy the wide range of leisure, entertainment, cultural, sporting and educational activities.It has 9 major sporting, event and entertainment venues and parks which every person of any age can enjoy!

    Aside from the huge expanse of greenery to enjoy, there are water features, children's playground, etc..not just the sporting venues to enjoy & which need an entrance fee. It is still possible to enjoy Olympic Park without paying any fees!

    We love walking around the area as it is relatively safe, the facilities are clean and not so crowded as the crowds are usually in the other venues like ACER ARENA, ANZ STADIUM, etc..We are not sport lovers or watchers so walking around and exploring the many sights here are enough for us. We come here also for the regular Easter Show held every year which is held in the huge showground!

    As it name suggests, this park was built especially for the 2000 Olympics which was a great success!

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    Take a Walk Around Olympic Park

    by AusPinay Written Jul 14, 2009
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    Sydney Olympic Park is Australia's most important and diverse urban precinct surrounded by one of the largest urban parklands in the world. Each year more than 8.2 million visitors come to Sydney Olympic Park to enjoy the wide range of leisure, entertainment, cultural, sporting and educational activities.It has 9 major sporting, event and entertainment venues and parks which every person of any age can enjoy!

    Aside from the huge expanse of greenery to enjoy, there are water features, children's playground, etc..not just the sporting venues to enjoy & which need an entrance fee. It is still possible to enjoy Olympic Park without paying any fees!

    We love walking around the area as it is relatively safe, the facilities are clean and not so crowded as the crowds are usually in the other venues like ACER ARENA, ANZ STADIUM, etc..We are not sport lovers or watchers so walking around and exploring the many sights here are enough for us. We come here also for the regular Easter Show held every year which is held in the huge showground!

    As it name suggests, this park was built especially for the 2000 Olympics which was a great success!

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    Take a Walk Aroun Olympic Park

    by AusPinay Written Jul 14, 2009

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    Sydney Olympic Park is Australia's most important and diverse urban precinct surrounded by one of the largest urban parklands in the world. Each year more than 8.2 million visitors come to Sydney Olympic Park to enjoy the wide range of leisure, entertainment, cultural, sporting and educational activities.It has 9 major sporting, event and entertainment venues and parks which every person of any age can enjoy!

    Aside from the huge expanse of greenery to enjoy, there are water features, children's playground, etc..not just the sporting venues to enjoy & which need an entrance fee. It is still possible to enjoy Olympic Park without paying any fees!

    We love walking around the area as it is relatively safe, the facilities are clean and not so crowded as the crowds are usually in the other venues like ACER ARENA, ANZ STADIUM, etc..We are not sport lovers or watchers so walking around and exploring the many sights here are enough for us. We come here also for the regular Easter Show held every year which is held in the huge showground!

    As it name suggests, this park was built especially for the 2000 Olympics which was a great success!

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