Retiring NSW Governor Marie Bashir planted a tree in the reserve at Parramatta’s historic Hambledon Cottage today as one of her final official acts in the job.
From 3pm, Ms Bashir planted a sapling in the heritage garden, which stretches back to colonial times.
Parramatta Historical Society president Trevor Patrick said the tree planting was historic as it was the last time Governor Bashir would visit Parramatta in her official role.
The garden already contains English oaks that were planted to commemorate theBattle of Waterloo in 1815, a Spanish cork tree planted by the Macarthur family in a project to supply corks for the wine industry around 1800 and Bunya pine, whose fruit provided food for the Aboriginal people before settlement.
In September, Ms Bashir will step down and General David Hurley will be appointed Governor of NSW.