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Parramatta 150th : 30-August-2014
Parramatta 150th : 30-August-2014

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Plaque erected in 1938 commemorates the proclamation of Parramatta as a city and its 150th anniversary. A second tablet also lists the names of the first council.

Parramatta became a city yesterday, the first day of its 150th anniversary celebrations. At a civic reception which inaugurated the celebrations The Governor, Lord Wakehurst, announced that he had that morning signed the bill which gave the town its new status. Lord Wakehurst was replying to an address presented by the Mayor of Parramatta, Alderman W. J. Irwin. He said that the close association of the early Governors of New South Wales with Parramatta, which was their country home until the middle of last century, gave him an added interest, in the celebrations. The people of the new city might well be proud of the wealth of history and tradition surrounding the institutions within their boundaries. The pen with which Lord Wakehurst signed the bill was brought to the reception in the pocket of the Chief Secretary, Mr. Gollan, who is the local member.

Mr. Spooner, the Minister for Local Government, said that Parramatta was the first city established by Act of Parliament In New South Wales and, as far as he knew, in Australia. It had already become the commercial centre of a Iarge district, But, he suggested, it had now the responsibility of establishing a new civic individuality and a new centre of culture.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 28 October 1938.

Location

Address:Church St Mall , Town Hall , Parramatta, 2150
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.815785
Long: 151.003353
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 27th October, 1938
Front Inscription

        1788 - 1938

This Tablet Was Erected
To Commemorate
THE PROCLAMATION OF
    PARRAMATTA
        AS A CITY
On The 27th October 1938
       And To Mark
The Celebration 
          Of Its 
150th Anniversary

Left Side Inscription
MEMBERS OF THE
FIRST COUNCIL
OF THE CITY OF
PARRAMATTA
(Names)
Source: H, MA
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