Old Parramattans is a collection of peer-reviewed essays featuring people connected to numerous heritage sites of Parramatta and buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta, Australia’s oldest surviving European cemetery (1790), and/or registered in the St. John’s Parish burial register.
The biographies in the collection have been selected and edited by historian Dr. Michaela Ann Cameron and, while some are voluntary contributions, those marked with an asterisk have been supported by either the New South Wales Government through a Create NSW “Arts and Cultural grant” (2019–2020); a Parramatta City Council Community Grant (2016); or a small grant from the Royal Australian Historical Society through funds allocated from the Heritage Branch of the Office of Environment and Heritage (2015) [See “Credits” below for the key]. Using these funds, a number of historians have applied (and are applying) their expertise to tell these diverse stories from Old Parramatta, ranging from content on First Peoples, First Fleeters, Second and Third Fleeters, to missionaries, surgeons, Female Factory inmates and personnel, children, convicts, constables and colonial elites.
This work is ongoing, but the essays that are currently available can be accessed below.
The essays in the Old Parramattans collection marked* are supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
The essays marked** were supported through a Parramatta City Council Community Grant.
The essays marked*** were assisted by funds allocated to the Royal Australian Historical Society through the Heritage Branch of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
Collection Design, Research Assistance, Editing, Multimedia and Publishing: Michaela Ann Cameron.
Peer Reviewers: Special thanks to the peer reviewers who have so generously volunteered their time (but must remain anonymous).
Authors: Caitlin Adams, Matthew Allen, Sarah A. Bendall, Michaela Ann Cameron, Alexander Cameron-Smith, Elizabeth de Réland, Penny Edwell, James Findlay, Catie Gilchrist, Jennifer McLaren, David Morgan, Briony Neilson, Danielle Thyer, Ben Vine.
Research Assistance for selected First Fleet content: Jennifer Follers, The Fellowship of First Fleeters.
© Copyright Michaela Ann Cameron 2015–2020