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Town Hall and Potential Archaeological Site

Item details

Name of item: Town Hall and Potential Archaeological Site
Other name/s: Parramatta Town Hall and Potential Archaeological Site
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Community Facilities
Category: Hall Town Hall
Primary address: 182 Church Street, Parramatta, NSW 2150
Local govt. area: City of Parramatta
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
PART LOT1 DP791300
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
182 Church StreetParramattaCity of Parramatta  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Parramatta Town Hall is of significance for the local area for historical and aesthetic reasons, as a representative (locally unique) example of its type, and as a major local landmark. The building provides evidence of local Parramatta initiatives separate from Sydney and evidence of role of local government. Site possesses the potential to contribute to an understanding of early urban development in Parramatta.
Date significance updated: 04 Mar 02
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Construction years: 1881-1913
Physical description: Two storey Victorian Free Classical civic building with walls of stuccoed brickwork. First floor terrace is over a ground floor arcade. Archaeological site: AZP Cross Reference: PC 105. Brick walls, rendered, with ashlar markings, bracketed pedimented mouldings, and corrugated iron roof. Ground floor arcade of seven bays has decorative keystone in each arch. The entrance is accentuated with pedimented portico highlighted with coat of arms of Council. Stuccoed urn sits within broken segmental pediment and urn flanked by a balustraded parapet. The building features a first floor terrace with decorative balustrade to match upper parapet, above the ground floor arcade. Entrance floor has tessellated tiles with terrazzo steps, the rest of the floor is painted concrete. Bracketed pedimented label moulds are above first floor windows. Front door: stencilled glazed transom light above timber four panel double doors with risers in centre panels. Stencilled in transom light above entrance is "C. J. Byrnes 1880 Mayor." Additions: hall has raised ventilator in centre of roof with domed roof.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Good.
Modifications and dates: National Trust (Parramatta Branch) supplied Year Started and Year Completed.
Further information: CPS, RNE, NTL; Civic Place, Parramatta - Historical & Archaeological Analysis - 1788 To 1900, by Terry Kass & Consultant Archaeological Services, Nov 1989, For Parramatta City Council


Historical notes: Built on the site marked out by Governor Phillip for a market in his plan for Parramatta. A market fair was held here in 1813. It was later the site of the annual feast for Aborigines first held by Governor Macquarie and continued from 1816 - 1830. This Town Hall designed by G.A Mansfield and built by Hart & Lavors was begun in 1881 and opened in 1883. A new building at the rear now houses the council administration. Archaeological Site Data Pre 1823 lease: part, Phillip Schaffer, 30 Dec 1809 (LTO Book 4D No. 284). Part Bryan Riley, 30 Dec 1809 (LTO 4D No. 283). Sec. 15 Allt. Sites of Buildings:1823 map: building, "Market Place". 1844 map: building, wood. Extant Buildings: none. National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Built on the site of original markets set out by Governor Macquarie, the first market fair held in Parramatta was here, in 1813. Also used to hold the annual feast for aborigines from 1816 to 1830. | Building erected by Hart & Lavors, local builders to a design by W. A. Mansfield in 1881. |

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item historically significant.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is aesthetically significant.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is rare
SHR Criteria g)
This item is representative.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Regional Environmental PlanREP No 28 20 Aug 99 956161
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Parramatta Heritage Study1993102Meredith Walker  Yes
Parramatta Heritage Review2004 National Trust (Parramatta Branch)  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2240102

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