5 Parramatta Square

Client: Parramatta City Council
Industry sector: Urban development and renewal
Services: Aboriginal heritage management, archaeological excavation, analysis and reporting
Location: Parramatta, NSW

About this Project

The project

Parramatta Square is a landmark development at the heart of Parramatta and is one of the largest urban development transformation projects in Australia today.

The new Parramatta Square includes public spaces that incorporate heritage places and buildings such as Parramatta Town Hall. Niche’s excavations will be at ‘5 Parramatta Square’, Parramatta Square’s community and civic space.

The Project Area is the location where Aboriginal people held annual conferences and feasts within the former Market Place. The Darug people identify the Project Area as a significant place.

Our role in this project

Niche Environment and Heritage was awarded a major contract to undertake archaeological excavation and reporting for Parramatta City Council, as part of the Parramatta Square Redevelopment Project.

“5 Parramatta Square has the potential to yield significant archaeological features and deposits of both European and Aboriginal origin,” said Fiona Leslie, principal heritage consultant for Niche.

“Our team has the experience, expertise and local knowledge to manage large scale, long running State significant projects and we are excited to be involved with this Project.”

Photo credit: National Library of Australia, The annual meeting of the native tribes at Parramatta, New South Wales, the Governor meeting them [Augustus Earle] / A35 #T95 NK12/57

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