The area comprising present-day Parramatta was first inhabited by the Burramattagal people, a clan of the Darug, who settled along the upper reaches of the Parramatta River approximately 60,000 years ago.
On November 4, 1788, Governor Arthur Phillip established a settlement in the area currently known as Parramatta Park. The town ‘Rose Hill’, was renamed ‘Parramatta’ in 1791, in acknowledgement of the name used by the Burramattagal.
Work on laying out the town commenced in 1790, with George Street leading from the wharf to Government House. Over the years, Parramatta rapidly grew as the administrative, residential and industrial centre for Western Sydney. The streets built to connect these places were given names which reflect the changing history and focus of the community, including a greater recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.
Disclaimer: Some of the origin and meanings of our street names listed below are unclear at this present moment and so have been left blank. Should know of any information about how these streets got their names, please contact us.
Parramatta Central Business District (CBD) Street Names
Epping Street Names
Lidcombe Street Names
Since September 2016, a marginal area of the suburb of Lidcombe NSW belongs to the City of Parramatta Council Local Government Area and forms part of the Rosehill Ward. The majority of Lidcombe belongs to Cumberland Council. You can read our brief history of Lidcombe here
Based on what we know and as well as the Lidcombe’s new Carter Street Precinct project where Council has been calling on the local community to have their say on proposed names for roads, streets, lanes and open spaces, this is a list of how these streets got their name.
|Name||Origin & Meaning||Source|
Possibly named after Alderman Alexander Birnie who was elected to Lidcombe Council from 1934 to 1941 when he resigned. He was well-known within the community for his social and charity work and was President of the North Lidcombe Relief Secretary as well as President of the Lidcombe District Progress Association.
Their records (1934, November 29). The Auburn and Lidcombe Advance, p. 5. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article240066212Municipality of Lidcombe. Tribunal election of Aldermen. 1st December, 1934. Declaration of poll. (1934, December 6). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 6. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article104587207
|Canning Street||The design and manufacture of canned food cans was a production breakthrough in the late 1700s and early 1800s, allowing meat and other foods to be easily transported and preserved for longer periods. Alban Gee was a skilled technologist who came to Australia from England in 1866. He introduced advanced preserving techniques to many food companies in Australia, including the Sydney Meat Preserving Company. The Sydney Meat Preserving Company processed surplus stock for graziers, and sold its products in both Australia and Asia from its operations. The Company’s successful application of advanced technology made it a leader in food processing in Australia. Alban died in 1917 at his home at Homebush. He is recognised with the naming of Alban Street in Lidcombe.||Farrer, Keith Thomas Henry (). To feed a nation: A history of Australian food science and technology, page 35. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/15717129 https://pastlivesofthenearfuture.com/tag/abattoir/|
|Drift Lane||A group of young pigs is called a drift, drove or litter. With the establishment of the State’s abattoirs at Homebush in the early 1900s, drifts of pigs were often held in holding areas on site.|
|Egret Street||The Eastern Great Egret is a tall white-feathered water bird, with a yellow bill and long grey legs. Egret can be spotted wading through shallow water in creeks and wetlands, where they hunt for fish or frogs. Many egrets develop striking turquoise colours on their face at the peak of the breeding season|
|Feed Street||Animals were given grains, hay, straw or other plants to feed on while they were held in the stockyards.|
|Fence Street||Fences were used to keep animals in paddocks in the early farming days, and around stockyards, which were a major part of the meat industry operations in the area.|
|Flock Lane||A flock is a group of sheep or birds, usually more than two, that have congregated together.|
|Grazier Street||Grazier refers to a person who raises cattle or sheep until they are grown and ready to sell at market. Graziers and other professions such as stockmen, butchers and drovers were vital to the meat industry. Many of the local residents in the area were highly-skilled and worked onsite or in pastoral and related meat industries.|
|Ibis Street||The Australian White Ibis is a large bird with a white body, bald black head and black neck with a long curved black bill. Their natural habitat is terrestrial wetlands, grasslands and sheltered estuarine areas (where the river meets the sea) where they nest in trees and feed on frogs, crayfish, fish, crickets and beetles. Whilst Ibis populations are increasing in urban environments, populations across natural habitats are declining.|
|Kestrel Park||Carter Street Precinct. Park named after carnivorous birds that have been sighted in the nearby parklands and wetlands including Sydney Olympic Park. The Nankeen Kestrel is a bird with a rich iron colouring, a black-tipped tail, and creamy underparts dotted with brown and black. This raptor is commonly found around open fields and grasslands, searching for small mammals, mice, lizards and insects to eat. It is one of the top ten most commonly seen birds across Australia. Nankeen Kestrels have the ability to hover in one spot, allowing them to search for, identify and then pounce on prey.|
|Little Eagle Green||Carter Street Precinct. Wetland named after carnivorous birds that have been sighted in the nearby parklands and wetlands including Sydney Olympic Park. The Little Eagle is a small yet powerful bird, with a short broad head and a moderately long tail. Its feathers vary in colour from light to dark brown. A pale broken ‘M’ across the upperparts and a pale M-shaped band on the underwing are striking features. The Little Eagle has long, broad wings, spanning over one metre. Although uncommon to the precinct area, the Little Eagle has been observed soaring in tight circles and gliding on up-draughts.|
|Osprey Park||Carter Street Precinct. Park named after carnivorous birds that have been sighted in the nearby parklands and wetlands including Sydney Olympic Park. The Eastern Osprey is a medium-sized bird of prey with a dark brown crown and wings that contrast with pale-coloured feathers. The Osprey patrols the river from above searching for food. When prey is identified, the bird will fold its wings, swoop down and snatch food with its talons. The Osprey is listed as an endangered species due to threats such as egg collection, hunting and tree removal, which have distrupted its nesting practices.|
|Paddock Street||From the early establishment of farmland by European settlers, through to the late 1900s, sections of today’s Carter Street Precinct were once divided into paddocks and stockyards.|
|Quail Street||The Brown Quail is a small ground-dwelling bird often difficult to spot. A shy bird, they prefer to hide in low-lying areas next to wetlands or in grasslands and will often flee when approached.|
|Shale Street||The land spanning the precinct and surrounds has a soil composition of shale soils (fine grain rock). Wianamatta shales easily support the growth of native vegetation, however harvesting crops such as vegetables can prove difficult. When early settlers attempted to cultivate crops on the land, the shale soils quickly lost their fertility. Livestock became the predominant resource as the soils were too poor for agriculture.|
|Stockyard Road||Carter Street Precinct. Stockyard Road is named after the many stockyards that were associated with the NSW State Government abattoirs. According to the Conservation Management Plan for the Abattoir Heritage Precinct at Sydney Olympic Park, the State Abattoirs moved from Glebe to Homebush in 1907 and losed in 1988. It was Australia’s largest abattoir during this period, responsible for the centralised closed control of meat processing, sale and distribution in Sydney. The abattoirs were associated with 1,500 acres (607 hectares) of stockyards, used for holding and sorting cattle, pigs, goats and sheep from the Flemington saleyards nearby|
City of Parramatta Council. (2019). Draft local strategic planning statement. Retrieved from https://eppingcivictrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/draft-lsps_-_exhibition_copy.pdf
City of Parramatta Council. (2019, August 14). Help name streets in Lidcombe’s new Carter Street precinct [Media release]. Retrieved from https://www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/about-parramatta/news/media-release/help-name-streets-in-lidcombes-new-carter-street-precinct
City of Parramatta Council. (2019). Carter Street Precinct : Naming the Roads, Streets, Lanes and Open Spaces. Retrieved from https://oursay-files.s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/production/fm/osp-ug-73/carter_street_precinct/bth00376_communitysummary_epub_v12.pdf#page5
Kass, Terry. (2008). Lidcombe. In Dictionary of Sydney. Retrieved from http://dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/lidcombe
Lidcombe subdivision plans [cartographic material]. (1879). Sydney, NSW: Various. Retrieved from https://search.sl.nsw.gov.au/permalink/f/19q252h/SLNSW_ALMA21140417040002626
State Library of New South Wales. (2010). List of Lidcombe subdivision plans. Retrieved from https://www2.sl.nsw.gov.au/content_lists/subdivision_plans/lidcombe.html