Female Orphan School and Margaret Whitlam Galleries

Female Orphan School and Margaret Whitlam Galleries, Rydalmere: Hours, Address, Female Orphan School and Margaret Whitlam Galleries Reviews: 4.5/5

Female Orphan School and Margaret Whitlam Galleries

Female Orphan School and Margaret Whitlam Galleries
4.5
Art Galleries • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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2019: Open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am - 4pm and the first Saturday of the month from 11am - 4pm (excluding public holidays and long weekends). The Female Orphan School (1813) on the Parramatta Campus of Western Sydney University is one of the most significant heritage sites in NSW. Now home to the Whitlam Institute and the Margaret Whitlam Galleries, which exhibit art and social history exhibitions. The complex institutional history of the building is evident throughout. A unique and special place to visit and explore.
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craftykathy1602
Sydney, Australia39 contributions
History gem
Jun. 2019
Wonderful way of getting a glimpse into Australia's early colonial history. Past Times Tours does excellent and informative visits in this area
Written 16 February 2020
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Graham W
Sydney, Australia204 contributions
Amazing building, fascinating museum
Jan. 2020
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.
Written 29 January 2020
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georgiegir38
Sydney, Australia70 contributions
Such an interesting part of our history
Oct. 2019
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.
Written 22 October 2019
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tricia056
Dublin, Ireland37 contributions
Mrs
Oct. 2019 • Family
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
Written 16 October 2019
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Hi Tricia, Thanks for your review. We're sorry to hear that you found the visit disappointing, although we couldn't agree more about how beautiful the building and setting is. The building has a long history of different public uses, which you can read about here: https://www.whitlam.org/history-of-the-female-orphan-school There is an exhibition in the Visitor Services Centre that provides an overview of this history and also showcases a number of the items found during the building's restoration. The guided tours by our volunteers provide as much insight as we have into the lives of the girls living here in that early period, and there is an electronic version of the tour available too. One of the most interesting things about the Female Orphan School period is that, despite the name, many of the girls living here weren't actually orphans. It was one of the only opportunities for girls to access education in the colony at the time, a number of letters survive of fathers petitioning the school to accept their daughters. If you're interested in visiting again, we'd love to get one of our volunteers to show you around and answers any questions you have about the buildings history.
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Archaeobuff
Sydney, Australia1,730 contributions
Fascinating - Built in 1813 - 18 one of the earliest and largest buildings (at the time) in NSW
Feb. 2019 • Solo
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.
Written 21 February 2019
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Jan H
Sydney2 contributions
Early colonial history.
Nov. 2018 • Couples
A lovely old building in a beautiful setting by the river. The building and its fascinating history were brought to life by our friendly guides.
Written 14 November 2018
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Lesley V
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Female Orphan School
Oct. 2017 • Family
A great insight into our past history. I increased my knowledge of early colonial days. Recommended to do.
Written 16 September 2018
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ypepyat
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
Great historical tour of the Female Orphan School
May 2018 • Friends
Tour guide was very informative. Great piece of history and the buildings are beautifully restored. Would strongly recommend a visit.
Written 9 May 2018
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barbarajbryan
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
Gallery and history.
Nov. 2017 • Friends
Excellent Whitlam historical precinct, bookshop, art gallery and University campus cafe precinct so well worth a visit from Thursday to Sundays.
Written 9 April 2018
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Leanne P
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Wow such history
Sep. 2017
This place is amazing. Our guide Brett was so knowledgeable and helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed my visit.
Written 3 September 2017
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