Great News – Parramatta Girls’ Home Precinct Heritage Listed

This morning I woke to the news that Parramatta Girl’s Home Precinct has been Heritage listed by the Australian Government. However, the footprint they propose to preserve is small and large sections of the site are still being targeted by developers as perfect for building new homes. This would be a tragedy as it is one of Australia’s earliest convict settlements. World Heritage listing is the next goal. Thanks to the tireless work, vision and dedication of women like Bonney Djuric and Jeannie Elizabeth Hayes, Heritage listing has now been achieved. It really is an emotional day as our experience has once again been validated. Healing can continue and with dignity and courage we can all fight the developers and preserve the entire site for the education of future generations.

Visit the Parragirls website for more information.

Permanent Online Exhibition: Life Inside Children’s Homes and Institutions, National Museum of Australia