Morena – Good morning in Maori language. Discovering Parramatta’s Maori connections.
Parramatta has an enduring link with New Zealand from the earliest days of settlement.
In 1805 Maori Chief Te Pahi arrived in Parramatta and was a guest of Governor Phillip Gidley King at Government House. During his three month stay he met Samuel Marsden and attended St John’s Church.
Reverend Samuel Marsden returned to England in 1807 to recruit clergy for the colony. He took with him the first consignment of Australian wool large enough to be woven into cloth. He sailed back into Sydney harbour in 1810 onboard the Ann, a convict transport ship. Ngapuhi chief Ruatara was also onboard and inspired Marsden to set up a mission in New Zealand. He invited Maori Chiefs Ruatara, Hongi Hika, Korokoro and their families to come and live with him in Parramatta. The purpose was to stimulate trade and relationships, as well as safe passage and protection for Europeans travelling to New Zealand.
The suburb of Paremata, in Porirua, Wellington, NZ was named after Parramatta.
Explore Hambledon Cottage today and learn about this wonderful connection. Lucas Gallery – Female Factory Exhibition included in cottage guided tour.
Cost: Adults $8, Concession $6, Child $2 payable on site.