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Female Orphan School and Margaret Whitlam Galleries

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Female Orphan School and Margaret Whitlam Galleries

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Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road. Parramatta South Campus of Western Sydney University, Rydalmere, Parramatta, New South Wales 2116 Australia
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RydalmereSydney Trains8 min
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craftykathy1602 wrote a review Feb 2020
Sydney, Australia39 contributions4 helpful votes
Wonderful way of getting a glimpse into Australia's early colonial history. Past Times Tours does excellent and informative visits in this area
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Graham W wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia204 contributions119 helpful votes
This building, one of the oldest European buildings in Australia, contains so much by which to recall the career of arguable Australia's greatest Prime Minister. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I've been past this building so many times when cycling or walking on the Parramatta River path but it's not visible from the path. It was fortunate the staff had put signs out that day.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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georgiegir38 wrote a review Oct 2019
Sydney, Australia69 contributions65 helpful votes
Very helpful and friendly staff. Our main reason to visit was the Orphan school and great to get a sense of it, the layout, learn some facts, see some of the few original features left and very grateful it was restored into a usable space, otherwise it might have been lost through all the deterioration and neglect before it was saved. If you are an art fan and Whitlam fan, then there's lots to see also. Easy to park out the front for $7.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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tricia056 wrote a review Oct 2019
Dublin, Ireland37 contributions18 helpful votes
Visited here with family. While we were unfortunate not to have booked a tour, I found it very disappointing that a major piece of Australian colonial history was taken over with modern exhibits. I did think by visiting I would have gained more insight on the fate of convicts children but no. The bounding itself us beautiful and the setting near the river is gorgeous but overall disappointing
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Archaeobuff wrote a review Feb 2019
Sydney, Australia1730 contributions469 helpful votes
This restored building is a rare gem of NSW history and well worth a visit. On three levels you can see the original elements of the walls in a number of places. Its timeline of history over 200 years is fascinating leading to its current occupation by the Whitlam Institute which means it has a great exhibition on the great man himself. It is always running exhibitions and in March commences with Spy : Espionage in Australia from the National Archives in Canberra. It is open Wednesdays to Fridays and there is easy parking out the front. It is on the Western University South Campus Parramatta - use google maps.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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