History Week Pageant
Parramatta students dressed in costume tell dramatic stories - Sir Edward Macarthur opening the first Parliament. Reverend Samuel Marsden first commercial export of wool. The tragic loss of the crew of HMAS Parramatta II sunk in World War II. No better place to discover real Australian history. Everyone welcome.
Parramatta schools have presented a HISTORY PAGEANT at Hambledon Cottage every year.
The Governor of New South Wales sends a message to the student. Last year Commander Troy Van Tienhoven, Captain of HMAS Parramatta IV carried the message and Councillor Lorraine Wearne read it to the assembly.
Three Macarthur Girls High ladies acted as Master of Ceremony and invited Commander Troy to tell the history of the four Australian ships named Parramatta.
Arthur Phillip High School students told "Arthur Phillip's Story" then President of Parramatta & District Historical Society , Brian Powyer, dressed in costume of Sir Edward Macarthur revealed the facts that Edward opened the first parliament of the colony of Victoria when it separated from New South Wales in mid 1850s.
Catherine McAuley College students told the story of their founder and Ken Smith of Parramatta and District Historical Society dressed in clerical costume told a facet of Reverend Samuel Marsden's life where he exported the first commercial lot of wool from his farm The wool was woven into cloth and made into a suit for Marsden to wear when presented to King George III in London.
The tragic loss of HMAS Parramatta II during World War II in a battle off Tobruk was graphically described by students of Parramatta North Public School.
Rosehill Public School, Burnside Public School and Macarthur Girls High School gave short presentations of their school history.
The students show a strong awareness of Parramatta's History
CEO Australian Museum Kim McKay said
" Museums play an incredibly important role in society ---they are the ark of humanity"