George Street Gatehouse, O'Connell Street, Parramatta 2150

First Contact - The Imbalance of Power (Aboriginal Cultural Walk)

Join an experienced guide on this revealing walk to visit significant sites where our shared history unfolded during the first forty years of the colony, changing the Aboriginal way of life forever. As a centre of governance for New South Wales, Parramatta was where the first recorded diplomatic protests against dispossession occurred; where the annual Native Feast was held, bringing many significant Aboriginal leaders to Parramatta; and where the Parramatta Native Institute, widely recognised as the site of the first institutional removal of children, was located. Yet Parramatta was also a place where Aboriginals and colonists sometimes found ways to work together to mutual advantage.

This engaging tour focuses on interactions between the colonial government and the original inhabitants of this land, considering how and why these changed over time. See also First Contact Trade, Friendships, and Conflict, which examines the relations between Aboriginal people and the military, convicts, and settlers.

Meeting Point: George Street Gatehouse, O'Connell Street, Parramatta 2150

This walk is suitable for 15 years and older.

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George Street Gatehouse, O'Connell Street, Parramatta 2150