Parramatta is a fascinating place, rich in history and intrigue. The head of the Parramatta River was home to the Burramatta clan (from which the name Parramatta was derived). Captain Arthur Phillip travelled up the Parramatta River searching for arable farming land. When he arrived at what he thought was a suitable location he saw a slightly bushy area of open grasslands and decided to establish a gaol town and farm later to be known as Parramatta. From that early rustic settlement Parramatta has become a thriving commercial and political hub while still maintaining its unique link to the country’s history.