Parramatta City Archives - old folders and books

City of Parramatta Council's archives holds important records that document the history of our local government and include rate books, valuation records, plans, maps, photographs and other records created by Council as part of its business operations. The present Council began in 1861 and most records date from the following year.

The earliest records date from 1846 according to the earliest surviving minute book from Parramatta’s first municipal government.

In NSW, access to records more than 30 years old is a public right and you are welcome to view this nationally significant collection. As many of these records are old they may be fragile, so access to them is by appointment only.

Community Archive

Our archival holdings also include a small group of business and personal records from some of Parramatta’s community and include minute books, financial records, photographs and other documents. 

346a Church Street, Parramatta
p: 8839 3325

Research Resources

State Records NSW
State Records NSW keeps official records of the NSW government since 1788. 

National Archives of Australia (NAA)
Mainly keeps information about records of the Federal government and its agencies from Federation in 1901 and also houses some 19th century records

City of Sydney Archives
References and indexes to archival records of the City of Sydney Council, dating back to 1842

National Library of Australia digital collections - TROVE
TROVE holds the digitised collection of the National Library including newspapers, letters, photos and archived websites

Directory of Archives in Australia
Australian Society of Archivists provides a list of archives across Australia and information about their holdings, access requirements and availability

Dictionary of Sydney
An online history of Sydney project that contains photos, recordings and maps