First Contact – The Imbalance of Power (Aboriginal Cultural Walk)

Cultural and Theme Tours

Join the experienced guide on this revealing walk to visit significant sites where our shared history unfolded during the first forty years of the colony, changing the Aboriginal way of life forever.

As a Centre of governance for the Colony of New South Wales, Parramatta was where the first recorded diplomatic protests against dispossession occurred; where the annual Native Feast was held, bringing many significant Aboriginal leaders to Parramatta; and where the Parramatta Native Institute, widely recognised as the site of the first institutional removal of children, was located.

Yet Parramatta was also a place where Aboriginals and colonists sometimes found ways to work together to mutual advantage.

This engaging tour focuses on interactions between the colonial government and the original inhabitants of this land, considering how and why these changed over time.

See also First Contact – Trade, Friendships and Conflict, which examines the relations between Aboriginal people and the military, convicts and settlers.


From $10 to $20

Come and join them for one of their engaging, educational and interactive activities to connect with and learn about Parramatta’s rich heritage, history and precious natural environment. They have regular tours, Special Event tours, Walk of the Month and tours for Children and Youth.

Their program features a range of fun and hands-on experiences for all ages. Online registration is essential.

For more information, contact PHIVE Tel: (02) 9806 5761

Disabled Access

Family Friendly


On this two hour walking tour you will further develop the understanding of the significance of Parramatta in the story of first contact between the local Aboriginal people and the colonists. Learn how the Governors of the time reacted to Aboriginal complaints, how Aboriginal children were taken into the Native Institute and how the colonisation forced the Aboriginal people from their land. There were friendships and trades that developed but also fierce uprisings and dispossession, which deprived the local Aboriginal community of their gathering place, their food supply and their land.

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

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