Old Parramattans

Old Parramattans is a collection of peer-reviewed essays on people buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta: Australia’s oldest surviving European cemetery (1790).

The collection, edited by historian Dr. Michaela Ann Cameron, consists of 51 new essays supported by the New South Wales Government through a Create NSW “Arts and Cultural grant.” From 2019 to January 2021, these funds will allow a team of historians to apply their expertise to tell these diverse stories from Old Parramatta. The resulting open access public history project will illuminate the significance of the cemetery itself as well as highlight the many incredible heritage sites within walking distance of the historic cemetery, making St. John’s the true “Gateway to Old Parramatta.”

The essays from this collection that are currently available can be accessed below.

James Magee: The First Burial

Elizabeth Bourke: A Much-Lamented Lady

Christopher Palmer: Perils of a Purser

Lives Left Behind: The Forsaken Families of First Fleeters William Gloster and James Ogden

Ann Smith: A Plunderer in the War Against Want

Sarah Bell: Female Factory Matron

John Irving: The Best Surgeon Amongst Them


This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Editing, Multimedia and Publishing: Michaela Ann Cameron.

Authors: Caitlin AdamsMichaela Ann Cameron, Alexander Cameron-SmithCatie Gilchrist, Jennifer McLaren, David Morgan, Ben Vine