Historical milestone reached

IF, as the proverb goes, the first hundred years are the hardest then the Parramatta and District Historical Society can breath a big sigh of relief.

The historical society, the second oldest in the state, will celebrate its 100th birthday on Wednesday.

To mark its new position as a centenarian, the group will do as it has always done: talk history.

Two new society publications will be launched before an audience set to include the NSW GovernorMarie Bashir.

It took several years of agitation and a petition to the Parramatta Council mayor before the society was formed at a public meeting on December 4, 1913.

The president Trevor Patrick said the society had managed Hambledon Cottage, a colonial Georgian cottage built in 1824, for almost 50 years.

There are 40 volunteer guides who provide tours to visitors through the cottage and garden on Hassall Street.

Mr Patrick said the society aimed to encourage the study of heritage in Parramatta and to acquire and preserve books, manuscripts and relics with a relationship to the area’s history.

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