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Visit ‘A Journey Through Time’

Exhibition, Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Centre

7 April - 11 June 2022

The bone lid, pictured above, is one of many artefacts recovered by GML Heritage during construction of the Parramatta Light Rail.

It is part of a new exhibition – ‘A journey through time‘ – that features artefacts uncovered along the route, giving visitors insights into the lives of the Burramattagal people and meanings and stories about colonialism, contact and the areas’ continued growth.

Given that Parramatta is home to a significant archaeological landscape, the artefacts provide vital insights into the past. Other artefacts recovered include hand blown glass bottles that held wine, beer or spirits, a range of pottery types and dinner sets from Staffordshire, England. The bone lid was most likely hand carved and was recovered from Queen’s Wharf Reserve. It is associated with an undocumented cottage dating to late 1790s-early 1820s.

GML Heritage undertook historical and Aboriginal archaeology on Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail route on behalf of Parramatta Connect.

‘A journey through time’ is open at the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre until 11 June 2022 and is free of charge.

Artefacts from Robins Thomas Reserve and Queens Wharf Reserve

Display panels at ‘A journey through time’.