Parramatta marked the 200th anniversary of the passing of Governor Arthur Phillip today with a special commemorative event on the river foreshore, just a few hundred metres from the point where Governor Phillip set foot in 1788.
It included a special address from former MP and colonial historian Andrew Tink AM, input from students from Arthur Phillip High School and a letter from the Mayor of Bath, the English city where Governor Phillip retired and is buried.
Governor Phillip, Parramatta's founding father, was the first Governor of NSW and personally laid out the street grid for Parramatta, a city he thought might be the capital of the infant colony. He died on August 31, 1814.
Parramatta council will soon commission a public artwork to honour Arthur Phillip.