Neighbourhood Watch in action!
“William, we cannot let these orphan girls roam the streets – we must provide a home for them!” - Elizabeth Paterson, first lady of New South Wales, spoke to her husband William, acting Governor of the Colony, in 1809. The women of colonial Parramatta were concerned.
Neighbour Elizabeth Macarthur admired Elizabeth Paterson for her work with orphaned girls, as the latter woman focused her energies in establishing and managing the Female Orphan School. It was the first welfare institution in Australia. These two women kept friendships despite their husbands having serious disputes with each other – John Macarthur had a pistol duel with his commanding officer William Paterson in 1801.
You will hear many thought-provoking stories from guides during your tour of this cottage.
Ask your guide about heritage icons in the neighbourhood.
Cost: Adults $8, Concession $6, Child $2 payable on site.