The History of the Sites - Parramatta North Program

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The Front Garden has undergone numerous changes in its layout and use since its establishment in 1844, located within the north-east portion of the Norma Parker Centre/Kamballa site. 

As such, the Norma Parker Centre/Kamballa site incorporates the Roman Catholic Orphan School (1844-1886) and various other institutions for women including the Parramatta Industrial School for Girls, the Parramatta Girls Training Home, the Parramatta Girls Industrial School (Parramatta Girls Home) and Kamballa Children's 

Shelter for Girls, Norma Parker Correctional Centre for Women, and finally the Norma Parker Periodic Detention Centre for Women from 1997 to 2010. 

The Cumberland Hospital has also incorporated many uses over its years. Established in 1818, the site has incorporated the Female Factory, Parramatta Lunatic Asylum, Parramatta Hospital for the Insane, Parramatta Mental Hospital, Parramatta Psychiatric Centre and since 1983 to present, the Cumberland Hospital.

Each of the Parramatta North Historic Sites is of exceptional cultural heritage significance and together they make an important contribution to the significant collection of historic government institutions on the Parramatta River. In addition, Aboriginal cultural heritage and archaeology values extend across the sites. 

Understand the works to be undertaken as part of Packages One and Two associated with the Parramatta North Program, the Heritage Core Precinct.

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